Bellator MMA returns to the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma with a stacked card to start their Summer Series tournaments. The fight card includes the semifinal rounds of the light heavyweight and heavyweight tournaments, as well as, a lightweight title clash between champion Michael Chandler and Season 7 tournament winner Dave Jansen.
The heavyweight pairings will feature undefeated Vitaly Minakov (10-0) squaring off against Ron Sparks (8-1) and Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz (6-3) taking on Rich Hale (21-5). The four heavyweights have their sights set on a title shot against current champion Alexander Volkov.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (9-2) returns to action against Seth Petruzelli (14-7) in a light heavyweight tournament semifinal bout. MMA veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral (37-10) will battle Jacob Noe (11-2) on the other side of the 205lb bracket.
The main card of Bellator 96 will be televised live on Spike at 7:00pm ET and the preliminary card will begin streamed free on Spike.com at 6:00pm ET.
Bellator 96 Summer Series – Fight Card
Main Card (Spike TV)
Michael Chandler (11-0) vs. Dave Jansen (19-2) – Lightweight Title Fight
King Mo Lawal (9-2) vs. Seth Petruzelli (14-7) – Light Heavyweight Tournament
Renato “Babalu” Sobral (37-10) vs. Jacob Noe (11-2) – Light Heavyweight Tournament
Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz (6-3) vs. Rich Hale (21-5) – Heavyweight Tournament
Vitaly Minakov (10-0) vs. Ron Sparks (8-1) – Heavyweight Tournament
War Machine (12-4) vs. Blas Avena (8-6)
Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
Brandon Halsey (3-0) vs. Mike Brown (3-1)
Justin McNally (1-1) vs. Steven Artoff (5-1)
Keith Miner (5-4) vs. Damon Jackson (4-0)
Mike Maldonado (4-0) vs. Jason Sampson (10-1)
Brandon Girtz (8-2) vs. TBA (0-0)
Keith Berry (14-10) vs. Cortez Coleman (9-3)