A new bout has been formed for Bellator 97 as lightweight champion Michael Chandler’s (11-0) opponent for Bellator 96, Dave Jansen (19-2), has suffered an ACL injury, which has forced him to withdraw from their scheduled matchup. Chandler will now face David Rickels (14-1) at Bellator 97, which takes place at the Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, N.M., on July 31.
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.
All eyes will be on Bellator March 21st as the Lightweight and Welterweight Tournaments are decided as submission ace and Polish phenom Marcin Held takes on Dave Jansen in the long awaited $100,000 Lightweight Tournament Final, while the final two Season 8 Welterweight participants square off for their guaranteed title shot, live on Spike TV.
Bellator 84 takes place this evening and features the finals of the Season 7 Lightweight tournament with Dave Jansen taking on Marcin Held, as well as a heavyweight championship fight between Rich Hale and Alexander Volkov.
Bellator Fighting Championships closes out their seventh season tonight with Bellator 84 taking place at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.