Top 5 Stories of the Week

By Brian Knapp Apr 6, 2013
Pat Curran has the Bellator featherweight title on lockdown. | Photo: Keith Mills/

Pat Curran dropped the guillotine on Shahbulat Shamhalaev.

Curran rendered Shamhalaev unconscious with a first-round guillotine choke, as he retained the Bellator MMA featherweight championship with a technical submission in the Bellator 95 main event on April 4 at the Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Shamhalaev went limp 2:38 into round one.

After a brief feeling-out process, Curran moved in for a sneaky takedown and caught an arm-in guillotine as Shamhalaev attempted to counter. The 29-year-old Russian fought valiantly to escape the choke but blacked out within the champion’s clutches. The defeat snaps Shamhalaev’s streak of six consecutive wins.

The stories of interest on this week:

Bellator Stranglehold

Short Reign

Eyes on the Prize

Quick Strike

Raised from the Dead

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