Bellator 90 will feature the Season 7 Featherweight Final between Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev. The bout will take place February 21 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Maverik Center. Bellator announced the move via press release.
Utah-native Martinez was originally set to face Shamhalaev at Bellator 83 in New Jersey before the Dagestani fighter was spotted vomiting backstage and the bout was nixed. Bellator tried to reschedule the bout for their next show, however Martinez’s obligations to his sick father prevented the bout from happening.
The featherweight final is now set for February 21 at the Maverik Center, which was an opportunity Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said adds more to this fight. Stated Rebney:
“A fight between Rad and Shahbulat would be special anywhere you put it,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “But to have the opportunity to make this fight happen in Salt Lake City with the ties Rad has to Utah is an incredible opportunity we couldn’t pass up. It’s been a long time coming, but February 21st is shaping up to be a huge night of fights.”
The fight card will also house the semifinals for one the promotions tournaments and will air on Spike TV.