[ads1]Bellator MMA kicks off their Summer Series on Wednesday, June 19 at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. Bellator 96 features a lightweight title fight between champion Michael Chandler and challenger Dave Jansen, as well as the first round of the heavyweight and light heavyweight Summer Series tournaments.
The event will air LIVE on Spike TV in a special three-hour broadcast starting at 6 p.m. CST, with preliminary card action streaming LIVE and FREE on Spike.com starting at 5 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting the WinStar World Casino Box Office.
“This event is insanely stacked, and it’s the reason we are making this a jam packed three hour show,” stated Bjorn Rebney, Bellator Chairman & CEO. “With a Lightweight Title fight, Mo, Babalu, War Machine and the start of our heavyweight tournament, this is going to be an amazing show start to finish on Spike.”
Immediately following the event, Spike will debut their new reality series “Fight Master: Bellator MMA”, which features 32 welterweight fighters competing for a spot in the Bellator MMA Tournament and a $100,000 prize.
The complete Bellator 96 card for June 19 includes:
Bellator MMA Main Card:
- Bellator Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (11-0) vs. Dave Jansen (19-2)
- Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament: King Mo Lawal (9-2) vs. Seth Petruzelli (14-7)
- Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament: Renato “Babalu” Sobral (37-10) vs. Jacob Noe (11-2)
- Bellator Heavyweight Tournament: Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz (6-3) vs. Rich Hale (21-5)
- Bellator Heavyweight Tournament: Vitaly Minakov (10-0) vs. Ron Sparks (8-1)
- Welterweight Feature Fight: War Machine (12-4) vs. Blas Avena (8-6)
Bellator MMA Preliminary Card:
- Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brandon Halsey (3-0) vs. Mike Brown (3-1)
- Bantamweight Feature Fight: Justin McNally (1-1) vs. Steven Artoff (5-1)
- Lightweight Feature Fight: Keith Miner (5-4) vs. Damon Jackson (4-0)
- Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Maldonado (4-0) vs. Jason Sampson (10-1)
- Catchweight Feature Fight: Brandon Girtz (8-2) vs. TBA (0-0)
- Middleweight Feature Fight: Keith Berry (14-10) vs. Cortez Coleman (9-3)