Michael Chandler will defend his lightweight championship as expected on Wednesday night at Bellator 97, as both Chandler and David Rickels were cleared to compete at Tuesday’s weigh-ins.

Chandler checked in at 154.4 pounds and “The Caveman” at 154.6 ahead of their lightweight title main event. Bellator 97 takes place at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., and will additionally feature a co-headlining welterweight title attraction between reigning champ Ben Askren (169.9) and Season 7 tournament winner Andrey Koreshkov (169.2).

The evening’s main card airs live on Spike TV and will also see two Summer Series tournament titles decided, as ex-Strikeforce ruler Muhammed Lawal (205.6) squares off with Jacob Noe (205.7) and Ryan Martinez (262.7) toes the line against Vitaly Minakov (239.1). Just prior, former featherweight title challenger Patricio Freire (145.1) will face Jared Downing (145.9) to open the Spike TV broadcast.

The show’s preliminary card streams live on Spike.com and will showcase a pair of top wrestling talents, as Shawn Bunch (135.6) and Bubba Jenkins (156) face Russell Wilson (135.6) and Mike Barreras (155.8), respectively.

Bellator 97 Weigh-in Results

Michael Chandler (154.6) vs. David Rickels (154.6)
Ben Askren (169.9) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (169.2)
Muhammed Lawal (205.6) vs. Jacob Noe (205.7)
Vitaly Minakov (239.1) vs. Ryan Martinez (262.7)
Patricio Freire (145.1) vs. Jared Downing (145.9)
Rodrigo Lima (135.4) vs. Rafael Silva (136)
Chris Leyva (157.3) vs. Will Brooks (157.5)
Frank Baca (135.4) vs. Anthony Leone (135.9)
Bubba Jenkins (156) vs. Mike Barreras (155.8)
Keith Berry (189.9) vs. Jeremy Kimball (189.2)
Shawn Bunch (135.6) vs. Russell Wilson (135.6)
Richard Jacquez (151.2)* vs. Javier Palacios (148.4)
Felipe Chavez (134.9) vs. Adrian Cruz (136)
Donald Sanchez (145.4) vs. Cliff Wright (148.8)*

* Fighter will forfeit a portion of his purse for failing to make weight

This item was updated on July 30 at 6:26 PT with additional information.

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