Bellator MMA’s Summer Series will kick off June 19 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The card will be headlined by Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler taking on Season 7 tournament champion Dave Jansen. Bellator officials announced the move earlier today.
Also joining the Spike TV card will be the opening round of a four-man light heavyweight tournament featuring the return of Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. The former Oklahoma State wrestling standout will be making his return to the cage after his shocking upset loss to Emmanuel Newton against Seth Petruzelli. In the other semifinal, Renato “Babalu” Sobral will take on Jacob Noe.
The card will also feature the Bellator debut of UFC veteran War Machine, as he takes on MMA veteran Blas Avena.
Bellator 96 Fight Card:
- Bellator Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (11-0) vs. Dave Jansen (19-2)
- Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (9-2) vs. Seth Petruzelli (14-7)
- Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament: Renato “Babalu” Sobral (37-10) vs. Jacob Noe (11-2)
- War Machine (12-4) vs. Blas Avena (8-6)