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For those who don’t follow Bellaor MMA, this Michael Chandler (pictured) guy is pretty good. Perhaps that’s why the promotion made him “one of the highest paid lightweights” in the game.
Chandler put his 155-pound title on the line Wednesday against David Rickels. It took Chandler all of 44 seconds to put his opponent to sleep.
Chandler now owns a perfect 12-0 résumé.
Bellator 97 took place inside Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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David Rickels and his electric beard have been on quite the rise since he made the drop to the 155 pound division. Rickels recently earned a title shot by plowing through three lightweights in the toughest tournament in sports during Bellator's 8th season. Let's just say this isn't something, "So easy a 'Caveman' can do it."
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Lightweight World ChampionshipDAVID RICKELS VS MICHAEL CHANDLERMichael Chandler is an All-American wrestler, who will use his wrestling to dictate the fight. If Chandler decides Rickels is beating him in the stand-up game, Chandler can force it to the ground, where he has excellent submission skills.Chandler via TKOWelterweight World ChampionshipBEN ASKREN VS ANDREY KORESHKOVBen...
Bellator returns to action tonight with their 97th event, which takes place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The event is headlined by Michael Chandler defending the Bellator lightweight title against David Rickels and features a welterweight title fight in the co-main event between Ben Askren and Andrey Koreshkov.
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Michael Chandler knocks out David Rickels (Round 1, 0:44)
Ben Asken defeats Andrey Koreshkov (Round 4, 2:58)
Muhammed Lawal def. Jacob Noe via verbal submission (Round 3, 2:51)
Vitaly Minakov defeats Ryan Martinez via TKO (Round 3, 4:02)
Patricio Freire def. Jared Downing via TKO (Round 3, 0:54)
Bubba Jenkins defeats...
The official weigh-ins for Bellator 97 took place Wednesday in New Mexico.
Wednesday’s event will showcase a pair of title bouts. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler puts his strap on the line against David Rickels in the night’s featured attraction.
Welterweight champ Ben Askren defends his throne against Andrey Koreschkov in the co-main event.
Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque...
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Michael Chandler - 88%
Ben Askren - 90%
King Mo - 93%
“Bellator 97″ takes place Wednesday inside Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Wednesday’s event will showcase a pair of title bouts. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler puts his strap on the line against David Rickels in the night’s featured attraction (both pictured).
Welterweight champ Ben Askren defends his throne against Andrey Koreschkov in the co-main event...