Bellator MMA returns to action this Wednesday with one of the more stacked events in the promotion’s history. MMAFrenzy will have full coverage of tonight’s card including play-by-play of tonight’s main card and recaps of the night’s major action.
Bellator 97 will begin the night’s action with the preliminary card 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.
Bellator 97 Fight Card:
Main Card (SpikeTV 7PM ET)
- Bellator Lightweight World Title Fight: Michael Chandler def. David Rickels via KO (strikes) at 0:44 of Round 1
- Bellator Welterweight World Title Fight: Ben Askren def. Andrey Koreshkov via TKO (strikes) at 2:58 of Round 4
- Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal def. Jacob Noe via verbal submission (strikes) at 2:51 of Round 3
- Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Vitaly Minakov def. Ryan Martinez via TKO (strikes) at 4:02 of Round 3
- Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Jared Downing via TKO (strikes) at 0:54 of Round 2
Preliminary Card (Spike.com* 5:30PM ET)
- Will Brooks def. Cris Leyva via TKO (strikes) at 2:20 of Round 3
- Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Rafael Silva def. Rodrigo Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:03 of Round 3
- Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Anthony Leone def. Frank Baca via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:07 of Round 3
- Bubba Jenkins def. Mike Barreras via TKO (strikes) at 1:05 of Round 2
- 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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