Bellator 97: Live Updates and Results

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2013

Welcome to the Bleacher Report live updates and results of Bellator 97, live on Spike TV from New Mexico. The card is stacked full of championships and tournament action, concluding the 2013 summer series.

Two titles will be on the line in the main and co-main events. First, Ben Askren puts his welterweight title on the line against hungry Russian Andrey Koreshkov. Then, lightweight king Michael Chandler defends against fan-favorite David Rickels.

Also, two tournaments will come to an end on the main card. In the light heavyweight division, Muhammed Lawal meets Jacob Noe for a shot at the light heavyweight title down the road. Also, heavyweights Vitaly Minakov and Ryan Martinez battle it out, with the winner meeting Alexander Volkov for his heavyweight strap.

The prelims begin at 6 p.m. ET on Spike TV, while the main card broadcast starts at 7 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

Here is the full card:

Main Card:

  • Michael Chandler (c) def. David Rickels via KO (punches) to retain the lightweight title
  • Ben Askren (c) def. Andrey Koreshkov via TKO (punches) to retain the welterweight title
  • Muhammed Lawal def. Jacob Noe via TKO (punches)
  • Vitaly Minakov def. Ryan Martinez via TKO (punches)
  • Patricio Freire def. Jared Downing via KO (punch)

Preliminary Card:

  • Rodrigo Lima def . Rafael Silva via submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Anthony Leone def. Frank Baca via submission (rear-naked choke)
  • Will Brooks def. Cris Levya via TKO (punches)
  • Bubba Jenkins def. Mike Barreras via TKO (punches)
  • Jeremy Kimball def. Keith Berry via KO (punches)
  • Shawn Bunch def. Russell Wilson via split decision
  • Javier Palacios vs. Richard Jacques (TBD)
  • Adrian Cruz vs. Felipe Chavez (TBD)
  • Cliff Wright vs. Donald Sanchez (TBD)