Lawal-Newton, Martinez-Shamhalaev to headline Bellator 90 on February 21

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Former Strikeforce champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal will collide with fellow wrestler Emanuel Newton in a light heavyweight tourmament semifinal bout and upstart Rad Martinez will face Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the finals of the season 7 featherweight tourney at Bellator 90 on February 21.

Bellator announced the pairings in a press release to the media on Tuesday afternoon. 

The event emanates from the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Like other Bellator events, the show's main card will air starting at 10 PM ET on Spike while the preliminary portion of bouts will stream live on starting at 8 PM ET.

Lawal's return to action will come a little over a month he dispatched of Przemyslaw Mysiala with crisp boxing in the first round at Bellator 86 just last week. His opponent, Newton, was victorious at Bellator 85, the promotion's debut on Spike, where "The Hardcore Kid" submitted Atanas Djambazov with a second round rear-naked choke.

Martinez has been victorious in all four of his Bellator appearances. He defeated Nazareno Malegarie and Wagnney Fabiano by decision in route to his meeting with Shamhalaev, who scored lighting-quick first round KO's of Cody Bollinger and Mike Richman on his way to the finals.


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