Bellator 83 results: Food poisoning scuttles featherweight MMA tourney finale

Even mixed martial arts or MMA fighters can get food poisoning.

MMA Fighting reports Friday night was bizarro night for Bellator, a nightmare kind of evening that simply needs to be left in the rear view mirror. A current champion lost, a former champion lost, a key star was injured, and a bizarre incident led to a last-minute main event cancellation.

Shahbulat Shamhalaev was not allowed to fight by the New Jersey state athletic control board after he was struck by a bout of food poisoning. The decision was not announced until just before the fight was set to take place as the Bellator 83 headline bout at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

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