Although the UFC has a busy and compelling summer schedule, Bellator has a pretty stacked card scheduled right around the corner, as it’s July 31st event features a couple of title fights, the finals for its light-heavyweight and heavyweight summer tournaments, and the semifinals for a bantamweight tourney. In addition, the promotion has announced that the preliminary card will feature a couple of highly touted prospects.
One of the title fights will of course feature lightweight champ Michael Chandler taking on David Rickels, and the other will see welterweight champion Ben Askren fight Andrey Koreshkov.
In the light-heavyweight, “Summer Series” tournament final, “King Mo” Lawal will battle Jacob Noe, and in the heavyweight finale, Ryan Martinez will meet Vitaly Minakov.
The bantamweight tourney semifinals will take place on the preliminary card and will feature Rafael Silva taking on Rodrigo Lima and Anthony Leone fighting Frank Baca. Bellator has also announced that two of it’s top prospects in Will Brooks and Bubba Jenkins will be in action, as the lightweights will fight Cris Leyva and Mike Barreras respectively.
The main card for Bellator 97 will be broadcast on SPIKE and the event will be hosted by the Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bellator 97 Fight Card:
Main Card (SpikeTV)
- Bellator Lightweight World Title Fight: Michael Chandler (11-0) vs. David Rickels (14-1)
- Bellator Welterweight World Title Fight: Ben Askren (11-0) vs. Andrey Koreschkov (13-0)
- Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: King Mo (10-2) vs. Jacob Noe (12-2)
- Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Ryan Martinez (10-2) vs. Vitaly Minakov (11-0)
- Rob Emerson (12-10) vs. Patricio Pitbull (17-2)
Preliminary Card (Spike.com*)
- Cris Leyva (9-5) vs. Will Brooks (9-1)
- Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Rafael Silva (19-3) vs. Rodrigo Lima (11-1)
- Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Anthony Leone (12-5) vs. Frank Baca (16-2)
- Mike Barreras (5-6) vs. Bubba Jenkins (3-0)
- Javier Palacios (1-0) vs. Richard Jacques (1-0)
- Jeremy Kimball (9-3) vs. Keith Berry (15-10)
- Adrian Cruz (4-0) vs. Felipe Chavez (5-3)
- Steve Garcia (1-0) vs. Shawn Bunch (1-0)
- Cliff Wright Jr. (7-4) vs. Donald Sanchez (28-13)
*-not all bouts will be shown