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Bellator returns June 19 with Chandler vs. Jansen, King Mo and Babalu

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Bellator returns Jun. 19 with Chandler, King Mo and Babalu.

Michael Chandler chokes out Rick Hawn at Bellator
Michael Chandler chokes out Rick Hawn at Bellator
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bellator launches its 2013 summer series Jun. 19 from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler will make his second title defense while facing Dave Jansen in the night's main event.

Undefeated at 11-0, Chandler has reigned over Bellator's lightweight division since submitting former champion Eddie Alvarez in 2011. After scoring a quick KO of former Japanese standout Akihiro Gono in non-title action last May, Chandler made the first successful title defense in January by submitting Rick Hawn.

Jansen is currently riding a six-fight win streak and earned his title shot after scoring a decision win over Marcin Held in January, thereby winning the Bellator Season 7 Lightweight Tournament Final.

The night will also feature the opening round of Bellator's four-man, light-heavyweight summer tournament featuring Muhammed Lawal and Renato Sobral.

After being stopped in dramatic fashion by Emanuel Newton at Bellator 90, 'King Mo' looks to rebound against Seth Petruzelli, as 'The Silverback' tries to rejuvenate his career at 205lbs. 'Babalu' Sobral, himself coming off a TKO loss earlier this year, faces Jacob Noe. Noe, oddly enough, earned his most recent win in a first-round TKO stoppage over Petruzelli.

Finally, the night's main card rounds out with a welterweight feature fight between Blas Avena and Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver.

The event makes a stark shift in programming format as it slides to Wednesday night for a 7 pm ET start time. The promotion's new reality series, 'Fight Master: Bellator MMA' premieres the following night.