Bellator MMA returns to action this Wednesday with one of the more stacked events in the promotion’s history. Bellator 97 will begin the night’s action with their preliminaries on Spike.com starting at 5:30PM ET. The action will move over to Spike TV with a three-hour broadcast beginning at 7PM ET.
Bellator 97 takes place July 31 in Albequerque, New Mexico. The card will be headlined by a pair of title fights featuring Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler taking on David Rickels and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren taking on Andrey Koreshkov. The card will be a three-hour broadcast on Spike TV and will serve as the lead-in for this weeks episode of Fight Master: Bellator MMA.
Weigh-ins for the card will take place Tuesday at 7PM ET at the Stage Nightclub at the Santa Ana Star Casino. As always, weigh-ins will be open to the public and media.
Bellator 97 Fight Card:
Main Card (SpikeTV 7PM ET)
- Bellator Lightweight World Title Fight: Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels
- Bellator Welterweight World Title Fight: Ben Askren vs. Andrey Koreschkov
- Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Jacob Noe
- Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Ryan Martinez vs. Vitaly Minakov
- Jared Downing vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire
Preliminary Card (Spike.com* 5:30PM ET)
- Cris Leyva vs. Will Brooks
- Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Rafael Silva vs. Rodrigo Lima
- Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Anthony Leone vs. Frank Baca
- Mike Barreras vs. Bubba Jenkins
- Javier Palacios vs. Richard Jacques
- Jeremy Kimball vs. Keith Berry
- Adrian Cruz vs. Felipe Chavez
- Steve Garcia vs. Shawn Bunch
- Cliff Wright Jr. vs. Donald Sanchez
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