Bellator upcoming fight schedule: Tournament finals and Curran vs. Shamhalaev

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This week, Bellator takes a week off from live events and presents the "Road to the Championships" special. Get details on this week's recap show, plus a look at the rest of the schedule for season 8 live on Spike TV, here at Bloody Elbow.

Sorry fight fans, but you get one less event this week. Bellator takes the week off from live programming this week, as they will be airing a "Road to the Championships" recap special this Thursday instead of a regular, live event. Bellator "Road to the Championships" airs this Thursday on Spike at 11 p.m. ET. Their normal 10 p.m. slot has been filled for the week by (ugh) "World's Worst Tenants." Bellator gets back to regular live programming next week.

This break comes at the conclusion of the season 8 semifinal rounds. We now have 3 events left in the season, featuring 3 of this season's tournament finals, the delayed Lightweight final from last season, and a very exciting Featherweight title defense to close out season 8. As a reminder, the season 8 Welterweight final between Ben Saunders and Douglas Lima has been postponed due to a Lima injury.

Here are the main card fight cards for the coming shows:

March 21
Dave Jansen vs. Marcin Held - Season 7 Lightweight Final
Ryan Martinez vs. Travis Wiuff
Brett Rogers vs. Eric Prindle
Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Marcus Davis

March 28
David Rickels vs. Saad Awad - Lightweight Final
Emanuel Newton vs. Mikhail Zayats - Light Heavyweight Final
Luis Melo vs. Trey Houston

April 4
Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev - Featherweight World Title
Doug Marshall vs. Brett Cooper - Middleweight Final
Jessica Eye vs. Munah Holland
Lyman Good vs. Dante Rivera

There's also the Featherweight finals between Mike Richman and Frodo Khasbulaev though that has not yet been scheduled.

Overall, this has been a killer season for Bellator, with dynamite fights, crazy KOs, and star-making performances, and with fights like Curran vs. Shamhalaev and the tournament finals still on deck, the best may be yet to come.

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