Bellator 95 Results: Pat Curran vs Shahbulat Shamhalaev *UPDATED* w/ Highlights


Another Bellator card, another night of exciting finishes and competitive fights. yet again 2/3rds of the fights ended with finishes, showcasing yet again how hungry and aggressive these Bellator fighters are.

The prelims saw some great action, including a great KO by Will Martinez causing his opponent to go completely stiff as a board.

The main card saw Karo Parisyan come out surprisingly aggressive, controlling the cage and pushing the pace for the first round, despite looking quite soft and out of shape. Unfortunately for Parisyan it didn’t last as he was finished decisively via TKO in round two, when Rick Hawn landed a huge right hand followed by a couple of solid uppercuts.

Doug Marshall knocked Brett Cooper out cold in silent and eerie Uriah Hall type fashion, but took the creepiness up a notch by staring down his opponents lifeless body for a good 5-6 seconds.

We also saw Frodo Khasbulaev win a unanimous decision earning him a date with Daniel Straus and ultimately a chance at a potential title shot.

That title shot in specific would be with none other than extremely underrated Bellator Featherweight champion Pat Curran, who finished Shahbulat Shamhalaev (trying saying that 5 times fast) in extremely quick and impressive fashion with a super-tight arm in guillotine, ultimately putting him to sleep never allowing him to tap.

Shamhalaev refuted the decision but it was too late, the proof was in the replay and he was out. With no disrespect, let’s hope he keeps losing so that I never have to spell his name ever again.

Fight results are as follows:

Main Card:
Pat Curran def. Shahbulat Shamhalaev via submission (guillotine) Rd 1 (2:38)
Frodo Khasbulaev def. Mike Richman via uNanimous decision
Doug Marshall def. Brett Cooper via KO Rd 1 (3:39)
Rick Hawn def. Karo Parisyan via TKO Rd 2 (1:55)


Lyman Good def. Dante Rivera via uNanimous decision
Sam Oropeza def. Shedrick Goodridge via TKO (elbows and punches) Rd 2 (4:22)
Tom DeBlass def. Carlos Brooks via TKO (doctor stoppage) Rd 2 (5:00)
Phillipe Nover def. Darrell Horcher via uNanimous decision
Jimmie Rivera def. Brian Kelleher via uNanimous decision
Liam McGeary
def. Anton Talamantes via TKO Rd 1 (1:18)
Kevin Roddy def. Brylan Van Artsdalen via submission (armbar) Rd 2 (1:04)
Will Martinez def. Michael Brent Hess via KO (strikes) Rd 1 (4:15)


  • Good night of Bellator fights. A usual, enhanced by the finishes due to big gaps in skill differences.

    Pat Curran is making a name for himself, definitely one of two best Bellator fighters and easily one of the best mixed martial artists outside of Zuffa,
    He is climbing up the FW ranks and I couldn't argue with putting him as high as #5 in the world at 145 (Aldo, Edgar, Lamas, KZ, Swanson, Curran). He'll need to beat some more legit opponents before I could put him in front of any of those guys.

    It's truly sad how far Karo Parisyan has fallen. Once one of the best young guys in the sport and now an ex-addict(hopefully ex) who can't take any damage or even get in shape for a fight.

  • Pat Curran is the fourth best FW in the world, IMO. Aldo, Mendes, Edgar, and Curran. Lamas right behind them, but Curran is a freak. Power, skill, and intelligence/heart to outlast an extreme talent (Pitbull) if needed.

    Bellator's FW division is starting to remind me of the WEC's LW division right before the crossover.

    I thought the Parisyan stoppage was wrong. I wouldn't say that it was too early, but IMO a hammer fist that lands perfectly behind the ear (but with the wrist landing on the back of the head) is illegal. So Parisyan should have been given time to recover from it (even if it was the shots before it that did the damage). Again, I try to stress this everytime it happens, even if a guy is hurt it is not license to recklessly let punches stray slightly on the side of illegal.

    The champs at 155 and 145 for Bellator would give their UFC counterparts tough fights right now. Wouldn't pick Pat, but would think long and hard about picking Chandler.

    • Michael Chandler could very well be the best lightweight in the world in my opinion. It's impossible to accurately say for sure because he hasn't been tested against the most elite opponents but he's crazy good and you can see it.

      That guy will give any human being at 155 in the entire world a very tough fight.

      • I'd say Alvarez was as elite as anybody not named BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar, Gilbert Melendez, or Gray Maynard circa November 2011. Just doesn't have anybody else that level to keep his competition at that level.

        • Wow can't believe I forgot about Mendes. He is obviously right at the top as well.

          Chandler and Curran are good but the fact is they are fighting guys far below the UFC standard, Alvarez is a worthy name to have on their resume but apart from that its hard to match up their career wins against high up in the UFC

        • Ya but Chandler whooped Alvarez… So ultimately you're just proving my point further ; )

          • That's what I was saying that Alvarez is a good thing that Chandler can boast but that is the only win between Chandler and Alvarez which is comparable to the wins the UFC top guys have

  • Doug Marshall is an animal! As is Frodo.
    How sloppy did Karo look? He's lucky to be in Bellator.

  • Karo Parisian is possibly THE biggest Douche in MMA. IMO of course