[ads1]bellator 97 copyBellator Fighting Championships’ Summer Series returns with Bellator MMA 97 on¬†Wednesday, July 31, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The event is headlined with two title fights as lightweight champ Michael Chandler takes on David Rickels, and welterweight champ Ben Askren takes on Andrey Koreshkov live on Spike TV.

Bellator MMA 97 also features the Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals as King Mo matches wits and fisticuffs with Memphis brawler Jacob Noe. Also, Vitaly Minakov takes on Ryan Martinez in the Heavyweight Tournament Finals.

The preliminary card will kick off on Spike.com starting at 6 p.m. ET, with main card action getting underway on Spike TV at 7 p.m. ET. ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and play-by-play commentary  for the fights.

The full Bellator MMA 97 fight card includes:


  • 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. Patricio Pitbull (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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