Bellator 97 Fight Card

Bellator 97

On Wednesday, July 31st, Bellator 97 takes place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. This is the biggest Bellator event so far in the companies history with two title bouts, two tournament finals, and the summer series Bantamweight semifinals. Headlining the event is Andrey “Spartan” Koreshkov challenging “Funky” Ben Askren for the Bellator Welterweight title & David “The Caveman” Rickles challenging Michael Chandler for the Bellator Lightweight title.

The fight card below lists all announced fights for Bellator 97, but the order and times are not official. Doors for the event open at 3:00 PM MT. The Spike TV portion of the card starts at 5:00 PM MT. Bellator 97 weigh-ins will be Tuesday, July 30th at 5 pm MT at the Stage Nightclub inside the Santa Ana Star Casino.


Championship Bouts

Michael Chandler (11-0) vs. David Rickles (14-1) – Lightweight Title

Ben Askren (11-0) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (13-0) – Welterweight Title


Tournament Finals

Muhammed Lawal (10-2) vs. Jacob Noe (12-2) – Light Heavyweight

Vitaly Minakov (11-0) vs. Ryan Martinez (10-2) – Heavyweight


Featured Fight

Patricio Freire (17-2) vs. Jared Downing (9-2) – Featherweight



Will Brooks (9-1) vs. Chris Leyva (9-5) – Lightweight


Summer Series Quarterfinals

Rodrigo Lima (11-1) vs. Rafael Silva (19-3) – Bantamweight

Frank Baca (16-2) vs. Anthony Leone (12-5) – Bantamweight


Bubba Jenkins (3-0) vs. Mike Barreras (5-5) – Lightweight

Keith Berry (15-10) vs. Jeremy Kimball (9-3) – Middleweight

Felipe Chavez (5-3) vs. Adrian Cruz (4-0) – Bantamweight

Shawn Bunch (1-0) vs. Russell Wilson (2-1) – Bantamweight

Donald Sanchez (28-13) vs. Cliff Wright (7-4) – Featherweight

Richard Jacquez vs. Javier Palacios (0-0) – Featherweight

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