Shahbulat Shamhalaev

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Shahbulat Shamhalaev
Шахбулат Шамхалаев
Born (1983-08-27) August 27, 1983 (age 33)
Makhachkala, Dagestan, Dagestan ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Other names Sha (checkmate)
Assassin
Nationality Dargin
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 66.5 in
Style Muay Thai, Sanshou, Grappling, Karate
Fighting out of Makhachkala, Dagestan
Fairfield, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
Team Goretz MMA
Team BombSquad
Red Fury Fight Team[1]
American Top Team
Rank International Master of Sports in Muay Thai
Master of Sports in Sanshou
Black belt in Karate
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 16
Wins 12
By knockout 8
By submission 1
By decision 3
Losses 3
By submission 3
Draws 1
Other information
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.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In November 3, 2009 at the M-1 Challenge - 2009 Selections event, Shamhalaev lost to UFC undefeated prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission (armbar) in the first round.

Before leaving for the United States, he had a record of 9-1-1.

Bellator MMA[edit]

In 2012, Shamhalaev started training in Team BombSquad with Pat Bennett, Mike Massenzio, John Franchi, Anthony Leone and Kenny Foster.

Shamhalaev faced Cody Bollinger in the opening round of the Bellator Season 7 Featherweight tournament on October 12, 2012 at Bellator 76.[3] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

Shamhalaev faced Mike Richman in Semifinal Season 7 Featherweight tournament on November 2, 2012 at Bellator 79.[4] He won via brutal KO in the first round.

Shamhalaev eventually faced Rad Martinez in the finals of the Season Seven Featherweight Tournament on February 21, 2013 at Bellator 90.[5] He won the fight via KO in the second round.

Shamhalaev received his title shot against Pat Curran on April 4, 2013 at Bellator 95.[6] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Shamhalaev was expected to face Akop Stepanyan in next Featherweight tournament beginning September 13, 2013 at Bellator 99.[7] However, on September 9, it was revealed he was forced to pull out of the tournament due to his ailing father.[8]

Shamhalaev was expected to face Fabricio Guerreiro on May 9, 2014 at Bellator 119.[9] The fight, however, was cancelled when Guerreiro was injured. The bout was rescheduled and took place at Bellator 120 in Southhaven, Mississippi.[10] He lost the fight via first round submission.

On August 25, 2014, Shamhalaev was released from Bellator, along with now former Bellator Light Heavyweight champion Attila Végh and eleven other fighters.[11]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Muay Thai[edit]

  • WBL
    • Muay Thai World Champion (Dubai, 2007)

Kickboxing[edit]

  • Russian Kick-Boxing Federation
    • Kickboxing Russian National Champion

Sanshou[edit]

  • Russian Sanshou Federation
    • Sanshou Russian National Champion

Karate[edit]

  • Russian Karate Federation
    • Karate Russian Champion

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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)[12] 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shahbulat Shamhalaev". sherdog.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Shahbulat Muay Thai Champion". mixfight.ru. May 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alvarez vs. Pitbull Headlines Bellator 76 at Caesars Windsor October 12th". bellator.com. August 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "brutal KO by Shamhalaev". allthebestfights.com. November 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Finals Season Seven Featherweight Tournament". bellator.com. January 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Marrocco, Steve (2013-02-27). "With Straus out, champ Pat Curran meets Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-27. 
  7. ^ "RusFighters vs. Red Fury MMA". tapology.com. July 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Shahbulat Shamhalaev Withdraws From Featherweight Tournament, Justin Wilcox Now Faces Akop Stepanyan". bellator.com. September 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Shamhalaev is back". fighttime.rudate=April 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Freire vs. Held scratched, Bellator 120 adds Guerreiro vs. Shamhalaev". mmajunkie.com. May 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bellator releases Attila Vegh, Shahbulat Shamhalaev and eleven other fighters". mmafighting.com. August 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItM5Y_Kf5LA

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