Bellator continued its weekly Thursday night action on Feb. 21 by hosting Bellator 90 from the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City. All tournament fights took place on the main card, which began at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV, with the prelims airing prior on Spike.com.

In the main event, two men would step into a contest to determine who would receive the next title shot in the featherweight division as Rad Martinez took on Shabulat Shamhalaev.

Also, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal made his second appearance in Bellator against Emanuel Newton, along with Mikhali Zayats vs. Jacob Noe and Bryan Baker vs. Douglas Lima in tournament bouts in both the light heavyweight and welterweight divisions.

Shamhalaev finishes Martinez

The main event of Bellator 90 featured the featherweight tournament championship bout as Rad Martinez took on Shabulat Shamhalaev.

The pace was slow to begin the fight, but Shamhalaev began to open up with strikes. Martinez came back and scored with a crucial takedown which allowed the momentum to shift with the hometown crowd behind him.

But Shamhalaev came back in round two to force Martinez to brawl with him. This allowed him to rock Martinez with a punch, and finish off with a big hammerfists to seal the deal.

Shamhalaev earned a check for $100,000, and will face the Pat Curran-Daniel Straus winner for a chance to be crowned the new featherweight champion.

Newton stuns “King Mo”

In one of the biggest upsets in Bellator history, Emanuel Newton knocked out Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the opening round to advance to the light heavyweight tournament final.

“King Mo” came in with a Floyd Mayweather style of fighting with his left hand down and right hand ready to punch, but Newton avoided the shots thrown and landed himself.

Newton turned and landed a spinning hammerfist strike that stunned Lawal, forcing him to hit the mat, knocked out cold. Newton will take on Zayats in the finals.

Lima knocks out Baker

Welterweights were up next in the semifinals of the tournament as Bryan Baker squared off with Douglas Lima.

Baker came out cautious to start the fight, which left an opening for Lima. Lima caught Baker with a massive right hand, which put him unconscious along the fence.

Lima advanced to the welterweight final where he will face Ben Saunders in a rematch of their 2011 meeting, which Lima won.

Zayats armbars Noe

The first light heavyweight semifinal of the night was Mikhali Zayats vs. Jacob Noe

Zayats rocked Noe from the opening bell, and stayed on top of the Memphis, Tenn., native. The Russian then transitioned to full mount to work, then shifted to an armbar that immediately forced Noe to tap out.

The win came at 3:38 of the opening round, advancing Zayats to the light heavyweight final.

FULL RESULTS
Shabulat Shamhalaev def. Rad Martinez by knockout (strikes). Round 2, 2:12 – Season 7 featherweight final
Emanuel Newton def. Muhammed Lawal by knockout (spinning hammerfist). Round 1, 2:35 – light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Douglas Lima def. Bryan Baker by knockout (strikes). Round 1, 2:34 -welterweight tournament semifinal
Mikhali Zayats def. Jacob Noe by submission (armbar). Round 1, 3:38 – light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Ben Saunders def. Raul Amaya by knockout (head kick). Round 1, 2:56 -welterweight tournament semifinal
Travis Marx def. Chase Beebe by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Jesse Juarez def. Jordan Smith by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Sean Powers def. David Allred by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 2:10
Lionel Lanham def. Joe Rodriguez by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 0:49
Shannon Slack def. Josh Tyler by submission (Peruvian necktie). Round 3, 1:56

Photo: Shabulat Shamhalaev (R) squares off with Rad Martinez (Bellator MMA)

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