Patricio Freire vs Diego Nunes, Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs Akop Stepanyan Featherweight Tourney Bouts Added to Bellator 99

Patricio Freire


Patricio Freire

  • 17-2 MMA / 5-2 Bellator Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Georgi Karakhanyan, Wilson Reis (x2), Daniel Straus

Diego Nunes


Diego Nunes

  • 18-4 MMA / Bellator Debut
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Mike Brown, Bart Palaszewski, Manny Gamburyan


Shahbulat Shamhalaev


Shahbulat Shamhalaev

  • 12-2-1 MMA / 3-1 Bellator Record
  • Won 6 of Last 7 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Cody Bollinger, Mike Richman, Rad Martinez

Akop Stepanyan


Akop Stepanyan

  • 13-5 MMA / 1-2 Bellator Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Chris Saunders


Bellator 99

September 13th, 2013

Temecula, California

Pechanga Resort and Casino


Patricio Freire fell short on his bid to become a Bellator world champion, losing a hard fought split decision to Pat Curran at Bellator 85. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak, which included tournament victories over Georgi Karakhanyan, Wilson Reis, and Daniel Straus.

Diego Nunes was surprisingly released from his UFC contract following a unanimous decision loss to Nik Lentz at UFC on FX 7. Nunes went 3-3 during his time in the UFC, which included victories over Mike Brown, Manny Gamburyan, and Bart Palaszewski.

Much like Freire, Shahbulat Shamhalaev lost his chance on becoming Bellator’s featherweight champion, getting submitted in the first round by Pat Curran at Bellator 95. It was only his second career loss, and it ended a six-fight win streak which included tournament victories over Cody Bollinger, Mike Richman, and Rad Martinez.

Akop Stepanyan rebounded from a controversial majority decision loss to Marlon Sandro in the quarterfinals of season eight’s featherweight tourney, with a third round TKO win over Ultimate Fighter alumni Chris Saunders at Bellator 92.


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