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Bellator 97 To Feature Pair Of Title Fights, Tournament Finales

Bellator 97 To Feature Pair Of Title Fights, Tournament Finales

Bellator will return to action July 31 from the Santa Ana Center in New Mexico with a stacked event.

Two world titles will be on the line, as Michael Chandler defends his lightweight title vs. David Rickels, while Ben Askren puts his welterweight crown up vs. Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 97.

Also, former Strikeforce champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will compete in the finals of the light heavyweight tournament against Jacob Noe, while Ryan Martinez and Vitaly Minakov battle in the heavyweight finale.

The main card airs on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET)

Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels for the lightweight championship

Ben Askren vs. Andrey Koreshkov for the welterweight championship

Muhammed Lawal vs. Jacob Noe in the light heavyweight tournament finals

Ryan Martinez vs. Vitaly Minakov in the heavyweight tournament finals

Rob Emerson vs. Patricio Freire

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com at 6 p.m. ET)

Will Brooks vs. Cris Leyva

Rodrigo Lima vs. Rafael Silva in a bantamweight tournament semifinal

Frank Baca vs. Anthony Leone in a bantamweight tournament semifinal

Mike Barreras vs. Bubba Jenkins

Richard Jacques vs. Javier Palacios

Keith Berry vs. Jeremy Kimball

Felipe Chavez vs. Adrian Cruz

Shawn Bunch vs. Steve Garcia

Donald Sanchez vs. Cliff Wright

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