Bellator 97 fight card set with Chandler vs. Rickels and Askren vs. Koreshkov

Michael Chandler chokes out Rick Hawn - Esther Lin - MMA Fighting

Bellator returns Jul. 31 with a pair of title fights as Michael Chandler faces David Rickels while Ben Askren takes on Andrey Koreschkov.

Bellator 97 - which takes place Jul. 31, 2013 from the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico - looks to be finalized. Sitting atop the 14 bout card are two title fights featuring lightweight and welterweight champions Michael Chandler and Ben Askren, respectively.

The night's main card will also feature both light heavyweight and heavyweight tournament finals between Muhammed Lawal and Jacob Noe and Ryan Martinez vs. Vitaly Minakov.Also, Rob Emerson faces Patricio Freire in a feature featherweight bout.

Additionally, the event will feature the promotional debut of former NCAA wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins as he looks to stay undefeated against Albuquerque native Mike Barreras. All of the preliminary card fights will be streamed live and free on starting at 4:00 p.m. MST.

See below for the entire card:


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 Koreshkov (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)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Rob Emerson (12-10) vs. PatricioFreire (17-2)


Lightweight Feature Fight: 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)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Barreras (5-6) vs. Bubba Jenkins (3-0)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Javier Palacios (1-0) vs. Richard Jacques (1-0)

Middleweight Feature Fight: Jeremy Kimball (9-3) vs. Keith Berry (15-10)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Adrian Cruz (4-0) vs. Felipe Chavez (5-3)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Steve Garcia (1-0) vs. Shawn Bunch (1-0)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Cliff Wright Jr. (7-4) vs. Donald Sanchez (28-13)

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