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Michael Chandler Receives New Opponent, Date For Bellator Title Defense

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler has received a new dance partner – and new date – for his next title defense, as an injury has knocked Dave Jansen out.

In Jansen’s place will step fellow tournament winner David Rickels. Both fighters won season tournaments to claim title shots and $100,000 checks.

Chandler and Jansen were originally set to collide at Bellator 96, but Chandler (11-0) will now face Rickels (14-1) at Bellator 97 on July 31.

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