|Born||August 27, 1983|
Makhachkala, Dagestan, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Other names||Sha (checkmate) |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||66 1⁄2 in (169 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Sanshou, Karate, Submission Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Makhachkala, Dagestan |
Fairfield, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
|Team||Goretz MMA |
Red Fury Fight Team
American Top Team
|Rank||International Master of Sports in Muay Thai |
Master of Sports in Sanshou
Black belt in Karate
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Shahbulat Shamhalaev (Russian: Шахбулат Шамхалаев; born August 27, 1983) is a Russian of Dargin heritage mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competed in the featherweight division for the Bellator Fighting Championships. Shahbulat is Muay Thai World Champion and Muay Thai Republic of Dagestan Champion.
Mixed martial arts career
Before leaving for the United States, he had a record of 9–1–1.
Shamhalaev was expected to face Akop Stepanyan in next Featherweight tournament beginning September 13, 2013, at Bellator 99. However, on September 9, it was revealed he was forced to pull out of the tournament due to his ailing father.
Shamhalaev was expected to face Fabricio Guerreiro on May 9, 2014, at Bellator 119. The fight, however, was cancelled when Guerreiro was injured. The bout was rescheduled and took place at Bellator 120 in Southaven, Mississippi. He lost the fight via first round submission.
On June 1, 2016, over two years since his last MMA fight, Shamhalaev was shot multiple times in Makhachkala, Russia. As of September 2016, he plans to return to MMA after he recovers from his wounds.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Muay Thai World Champion (Dubai, 2007)
- Russian Kick-Boxing Federation
- Kickboxing Russian National Champion
- Russian Sanshou Federation
- Sanshou Russian National Champion
- Russian Karate Federation
- Karate Russian Champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||12–3–1||Fabricio Guerreiro||Submission (kimura)||Bellator 120||May 17, 2014||1||3:29||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||12–2–1||Pat Curran||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 95||April 4, 2013||1||2:38||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For Bellator Featherweight Championship|
|Win||12–1–1||Rad Martinez||KO (punch)||Bellator 90||February 21, 2013||2||2:12||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||11–1–1||Mike Richman||KO (punches)||Bellator 79||November 2, 2012||1||1:45||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||10–1–1||Cody Bollinger||TKO (punches)||Bellator 76||October 12, 2012||1||4:49||Windsor, Ontario, Canada||Bellator Season 7 Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||9–1–1||Ramazan Sulebanov||KO (head kick and punches)||WMAC - Finals||October 9, 2011||2||3:15||Yalta, Crimea, Russia||WMAC 2011 Lightweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||8–1–1||Muslim Umaev||KO (punches)||WMAC - Semifinals||October 8, 2011||2||4:58||Yalta, Crimea, Russia||WMAC 2011 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||7–1–1||Yves Landu||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Selection 2011: European Tournament||April 1, 2011||3||5:00||Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan, Russia|
|Draw||6–1–1||Astemir Fakov||Draw||PSFDC - Pancration SFD Championship 4||December 3, 2010||2||5:00||Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia|
|Win||6–1||Andrii Liezhniev||Decision (unanimous)||MFT - Battle of Volga 3||May 7, 2010||3||5:00||Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Russia|
|Win||5–1||Yunus Tagirov||Submission (armbar)||MFT - Russia's Cup||November 9, 2009||1||1:22||Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Russia||MFT 2009 Russia's Cup Lightweight Tournament Final.|
|Win||4–1||Sheikh Arapkhanov||KO (head kick)||MFT - Russia's Cup||November 9, 2009||1||2:46||Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Russia||MFT 2009 Russia's Cup Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||3–1||Valery Varankin||TKO (retirement)||MFT - Russia's Cup||November 9, 2009||2||3:19||Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Russia||MFT 2009 Russia's Cup Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||2–1||Khabib Nurmagomedov||Submission (armbar)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 9||November 3, 2009||1||4:36||Saint Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Radzha Khizriev||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge: 2009 Selections 6||September 5, 2009||2||1:22||Makhachkala, Republic of Dagestan, Russia|
|Win||1–0||Oma Tashuev||Decision (unanimous)||MFT - Battle in Zhara||July 24, 2009||3||5:00||Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Russia|
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- "Shahbulat Muay Thai Champion". mixfight.ru. May 1, 2012.
- "Alvarez vs. Pitbull Headlines Bellator 76 at Caesars Windsor October 12th". bellator.com. August 4, 2012. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
- "brutal KO by Shamhalaev". allthebestfights.com. November 3, 2012.
- "The Finals Season Seven Featherweight Tournament". bellator.com. January 4, 2013. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011.
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- "RusFighters vs. Red Fury MMA". tapology.com. July 13, 2013.
- "Shahbulat Shamhalaev Withdraws From Featherweight Tournament, Justin Wilcox Now Faces Akop Stepanyan". bellator.com. September 9, 2013. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013.
- "Shamhalaev is back". fighttime.rudate=April 15, 2014.
- "Freire vs. Held scratched, Bellator 120 adds Guerreiro vs. Shamhalaev". mmajunkie.com. May 9, 2014.
- "Bellator releases Attila Vegh, Shahbulat Shamhalaev and eleven other fighters". mmafighting.com. August 25, 2014.
- Critchfield, Tristen (June 1, 2016). "Report: Ex-Bellator Fighter Shahbulat Shamhalaev Shot in Restaurant Altercation". Sherdog.com. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
- Zidan, Kadim (September 13, 2016). "After near-fatal shooting, Shamhalaev interested in MMA return". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved December 14, 2016.