Bellator 97 took place on Wednesday July 31st, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Headlining the card was 2 title bouts with Abdrey Koreshkov challenging Ben Askren for the Bellator Welterweight championships and David Rickles challenging Michael Chandler for the Bellator Lightweight championship.
The weigh-ins for Bellator 97 took place on Tuesday, July 30, at the Stage night club inside of the Santa nna Star Casino. Bellator 97 will take place on Wednesday, July 31, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico with a special start time of 3:30 PM MT. With two titles on the line, two tournament finals, and the summer series Bantamweight semifinals this is the most stacked Bellator card ever. The last thing two do to make it all official is hit the scales.
Injury has forced Steve Garcia (1-0) to withdraw from his Bellator 97 bout with Shawn Bunch (1-0) of American Kickboxing Academy, who will instead take on “The Honey Bager” Russell Wilson (1-2) of Lovato’s Total fitness.
They both won to get at Triple A MMA win to get in and now in a Featherweight battle Javier Palacios of Mean 1 MMA & Fitness will meet Richard Jacques of Las Cruces. We talk about the upcoming fight and fighting close to home. We also ask Palacios about why he fights and what is his fight mentality.
On July 31, Adrian “Killa” Cruz will step into the Bellator cage for the 2nd time. And for the 2nd time Cruz will face a friend last time battling Nick Gonzalez, this time Cruz faces former training partner and good friend Felipe “Flip” Chavez. We talk about the upcoming fight and being familiar with his opponent. We also find out how Adrian Cruz got named “Killa”; and when dose the “Killa” come out. We also give Cruz the chance to talk about how he feels having to keeping fighting friendly faces.
On July 31, at Bellator 97 the first round of the Summer Series Bantamweight tournament will take place. Frank Baca vs. Anthony Leone is one of these match-ups. For Frank Baca this will be his debut in Bellator and in his words the biggest opportunity in his life. We talk about the upcoming fight and the possibility of a title shot. What will it take to win? How does Baca feel about Leone? What’s it like knowing the crowd will be on your side. We answers these questions and much more. Continue reading
Donald Sanchez (28-13) the reigning King of the Cage 145lbs. champion, will step into the Bellator cage for the second time on July 31, when he faces Cliff Wright Jr. (7-4), We talk about the upcoming fight and why this was the right fight. Hear about how Donald’s last Boxing match will motivate him towards victory in this fight. And also find out what being in training mood means. This fight being in Bellator we ask about if Sanchez is interested in joining a tournament. Continue reading
Bellator officials have announced that Rob Emerson (12-10) has been focred to withdraw from Bellator 97 with an undisclosed injury. Emerson’s scheduled opponent Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (17-2) will instead face former RFA Featherweight champion Jared “Demon Eyes”Downing (9-2).
On Wednesday July 9 at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Orthus Promotions in conjunction with Bellator MMA held a press conference to announce the 9 bout undercard for Bellator 97. Bellator 97 takes place on Wednesday July 31, at the Santa Anna Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
On Tuesday July 9 Bellator MMA in Conjunction with Orthrus Promotions will hold a Bellator 97 press conference.