Bellator 96 just got value sized as the card has received a four-man heavyweight tournament. The promotion also announced that Bellator 96 will be a three-hour Spike TV broadcast to accommodate their first four-man tournament.
Heavyweights Vinicius Queiroz, Rich Hale, Vitaly Minakov, and Ron Sparks will make up the Bellator heavyweight tournament field. The one Bellator newcomer to the field will be Minakov, the SAMBO fighter is 10-0 with seven-straight stoppage victories. The Russian fighter will be taking on the hard hitting Ron Sparks in his semifinal matchup.
The tournament will be for a $100,000 and a shot at Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov later this year.
The Bellator 96 lineup is a stacked one for the promotion’s return trip to the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The card will feature a pair of tournaments as the light heavyweights, featuring Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, do battle in their own four-man tournament alongside the heavyweights. The June 19 card will be headlined by lightweight champion Michael Chandler taking on Season 7 tournament champion Dave Jansen.
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)
- Bellator Heavyweight Tournament: Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz (6-3) vs. Rich Hale (21-5)
- Bellator Heavyweight Tournament: Vitaly Minakov (10-0) vs. Ron Sparks (8-1)
- Welterweight Feature Fight: War Machine (12-4) vs. Blas Avena (8-6)
- Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brandon Halsey vs. Mike Brown
- Bantamweight Feature Fight: Justin McNally vs. Steven Artoff
- Lightweight Feature Fight: Keith Miner vs. Damon Jackson
- Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Maldonado vs. Jason Sampson
- Catchweight Feature Fight: Brandon Girtz vs. TBA
- Middleweight Feature Fight: Keith Berry vs. Cortez Coleman