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With Daniel Straus injured, Bellator featherweight tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev's title shot will come quicker than expected. The Russian KO artist will fight champion Pat Curran on April 4th in the main event of Bellator 95.
Yesterday it was announced that season 6 Bellator FW tournament champion Daniel Straus broke his hand during training for his title fight with Pat Curran at Bellator 95 on April 4th. Straus was forced to pull out of the night's main event, leaving Curran without an opponent. It was just last week that season 7's tournament champion was crowned, as Shahbulat Shamhalaev took the $100,000 prize with a KO win over Rad Martinez. According to Bjorn Rebney, the Russian is getting his title shot quicker than anticipated:
Shamhalaev (12-1-1) won all of his tournament fights by KO or TKO, and his only defeat came against current UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov.
This is certainly a big opportunity for Shamhalaev and a different style of opponent for Curran to prepare for. And as Rebney stated in the above tweet, it's two KO artists going to battle this April. We could have ourselves a fantastic featherweight title fight coming up.