Pat Curran-Shahbulat Shamhalaev Set For Bellator 95

An injury to Daniel Straus has allowed Shahbulat Shamhalaev to cash in his Bellator MMA featherweight title shot early.

Shamhalaev will now face Bellator champion Pat Curran in the main event of Bellator 95, which takes place April 5. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney confirmed the fight change on Wednesday.

Straus was forced out after suffering a broken hand.

Shamhalaev will be returning to the cage just 42 days after defeating Rad Martinez in the finals of their delayed tournament bout. He is 12-1-1 in his career and 3-0 in Bellator.

Curran (18-4) has won eight of his nine Bellator fights, including a recent split decision over Patricio Freire.

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Fight Cards

UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Soto

Event Date: August 30, 2014
Broadcast: Pay-per-view, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull 2

Event Date: September 5, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi

Event Date: September 5, 2014
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 124: Newton vs. Beltran

Event Date: September 12, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV, Spike.com

UFC Fight Night 51: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2

Event Date: September 13, 2014
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 125: Marshall vs. Manhoef

Event Date: September 19, 2014
Broadcast: Spike TV, Spike.com