The main event for the card were the featherweight tournament finals pitting Rad Martinez against Shahbulat Shamhalaev, but they didn’t end up fighting and instead will meet next weekend at Bellator 84 instead.
Shamhalaev came down with a case of food poisoning and after vomiting twice in the back while preparing for action, New Jersey State Athletic Commission officials deemed him unable to perform. Shamhalaev was pulled from the card, and will now wait 7 days to face Martinez instead.
In other action, former Bellator bantamweight champion Zack Makovski looked to get back on track after losing his belt to current champion Eduardo Dantas back in April.
Anthony Leone had other plans however, and ended up getting the best of Makovski, winning a split decision over three rounds.
Leone remained the aggressor throughout all three rounds, and even ended up on top position on a couple different occasions against Makovsky, who was the more experienced wrestler heading into the fight. The final scores read 29-28, 29-28 and 28-29 with two judges giving the nod to Leone for the win.
Makovsky has now dropped two fights in a row, and looks to find his footing in the Bellator bantamweight division.
In possibly the biggest shocker of the evening however, Bellator women’s champion Zoila Gurgel was stopped in her tracks by fellow Ohio fighter Jessica Eye during their bout to kick off the televised broadcast on MTV2.
Within seconds of the opening of the fight, Eye jumped into an exchange with Gurgel, and clipped her with a short punch that dropped the Bellator champ to the ground.
Gurgel survived but was on defense for the remainder of the fight as Eye swarmed her with punches before grabbing for the clinch, and wrapping up an arm triangle choke while standing.
Eye tightened her grip as Gurgel struggled to get free, but within moments the champion’s arm went limp and the referee was stopping the fight.
Jessica Eye picks up the biggest win of her career, while Zoila Gurgel looks to find the answers that handed her only the second loss of her pro career, her first since a 2010 defeat to Miesha Tate in Strikeforce.