Found August 01, 2013 on
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."
When you win a Bellator tournament you get a really cool looking big $100K check. Kind of like the ones they get on game shows except they even have a picture of you on it. If you're a Bellator fighter and you fight inside of the lightweight, or welterweight division (see Ben Askren) then this is your crowing achievement. You see, folks (like Rickels) used to drop down from 170 (to avoid Ben Askren) after having an unsuccessful run with hopes of winning the 155 lb tournament and one day becoming a champion. Unfortunately for them there is now a man named Michael Chandler at the end of that violent rainbow, and he just happens to be more 'Blessed' than most.
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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 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...
“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...
Congratulations to jordan v who won our Bellator XCVII Pick 'Em Contest as well as being July's monthly winner. Our next Pick 'Em Contest will be for UFC 163 on Aug 3rd (link here). Thanks for playing!
Michael Chandler - 88%
Ben Askren - 90%
King Mo - 93%