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Shahbulat Shamhalaev steps in

Updated: February 27, 2013, 7:50 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran will defend his title April 4 against Season 7 Tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev, the promotion announced Wednesday.

The fight takes place at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

Shamhalaev replaces Bellator Season 6 Featherweight Tournament winner Daniel Straus, who was forced to withdraw from the bout after fracturing his left hand during a recent training session.

"When Daniel went down with his injury, I reached ...

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