Bellator 83 emanated from the Caesar’s Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey as an anemic version of itself. The event only saw three bouts promoted on the main card as opposed to the usual four. Unfortunately, things got even worse as the evening’s main event, which was slated to feature Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev in Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Finals, was called off due to a case of food poisoning on the side of the Russian.
WEC veteran Anthony Leone notched a major upset and the biggest victory of his career in the evening’s de facto main event, as he took a split decision victory over former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Zach Makovsky. After a competitive first round, “Fun Size” was able to take the second period convincingly. It was the third round, however, that saw the New Yorker come back in dominant fashion, completely shutting down the game of the former champion. At the final bell, the judges rendered a split decision in Leone’s favor, scoring the bout 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.
Jessica Eye put on a destruction session when she faced Bellator 115 lb. Champion Zoila Gurgel in a women’s flyweight bout. Both women came out swinging, but it was “Evil” that would land a crushing left early on, putting the champion on her saddle. While “The Warrior Princess” recovered, she was not out of trouble. As she returned to her feet, she found herself stuck in a standing arm triangle against the cage. While she fought to defend, it was of no use. The Strong Style product would put her to sleep in just 58 seconds, earning a technical submission win.
- Rad Martinez vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev – Moved to Bellator 84 due to food poisoning
- Anthony Leone defeated Zach Makovsky via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Jessica Eye defeated Zoila Gurgel via technical submission (standing arm-triangle choke) at 0:58 of Round 1
- Claudio Ledesma def. Bo Harris via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Tuan Pham defeated Matt Lozano via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Terrell Hobbs defeated Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:07 of Round 1
- Darrell Horcher defeated Chris Liguori via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Jimmie Rivera defeated Jesse Brock via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mike Wessel defeated Alexei Kudin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)