vitaly-minakov.jpgA pair of Bellator MMA Summer Series tournament finals will take place at this summer’s Bellator 97 event, as Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (10-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC) meets Jacob Noe (12-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC) and Vitaly Minakov (11-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) faces Ryan Martinez (10-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC).

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with Bellator officials that the four Bellator 96 victors will compete at the promotion’s next event, which takes place July 31 at Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Lawal and Noe meet in a light heavyweight tourney final, while Minakov and Martinez square off to conclude the heavyweight tourney. There was initially some concern that Noe may have broken his hand in a Bellator 96 win over Renato “Babalu” Sobral, but he was cleared by doctors after the event and will compete at Bellator 97.

Bellator 97 is headlined by a pair of championship contests as lightweight kingpin Michael Chandler faces David Rickels and welterweight title holder Ben Askren meets Andrey Koreshkov. As with all of Bellator MMA’s Summer Series events, the night’s main card airs on Spike TV, while prelims stream on Spike.com.

The full televised lineup for the stacked card has yet to be announced, but MMAjunkie.com confirmed current plans call for a three-hour main-card broadcast.

Lawal punched his ticket to the final with a devastating first-round finish over Seth Petruzelli in the semifinals of the four-man tournament. He now meets Noe, who upset MMA veteran Sobral with a third-round TKO.

Meanwhile, Minakov steamrolled through Ron Sparks, needing just 32 seconds to notch a TKO win. He’ll meet Martinez, a last-minute replacement for Brazilian Vinicius Queiroz, who pulled off a surprise knockout win over Rich Hale to book his finals slot.

The current lineup for Bellator 97 includes:

  • Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels – for lightweight title
  • Ben Askren vs. Andrey Koreshkov – for welterweight title
  • Muhammed Lawal vs. Jacob Noe – Summer Series light-heavyweight tourney final
  • Ryan Martinez vs. Vitaly Minakov – Summer Series heavyweight tourney final
  • Rob Emerson vs. Patricio Freire

For the latest on Bellator 97, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Vitaly Minakov)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Bobby Lashley Inks Long-Term Extension with Bellator

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator MMA announced on Friday that superstar heavyweight Bobby Lashley (12-2) has signed a long-term contract extension with the promotion. read news >>

Bellator announces 'long-term contract extension' with Bobby Lashley

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

Two-time Bellator MMA veteran and former professional wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley has signed a “long-term contract extension” with the California-based organization.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bobby Lashley signs multi-fight contract extension with Bellator MMA

  • 29 days ago
  • 7 views

Unbeaten in two Bellator fights thus far, Bellator MMA has decided to double down on heavyweight fighter and professional wrestler Bobby Lashley, keeping him in the fold with a long term contract ext read news >>

Michael Chandler vs. Derek Campos joins Bellator 138, which moves to June 19

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler has taken a co-headliner slot on one of the company’s biggest cards of the year.Filed under: Bellator, MMA Rumors, News read news >>

Bellator 135 preview, predictions for 'Warren vs. Galvao' main card on Spike TV

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

After a one month layoff, Bellator MMA returns with "Warren vs. Galvao" from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Joe Warren defends his bantamweight title against Marcos Galvao, a man read news >>

'Bellator 135: Warren vs. Galvao' live results: 6:30 p.m. ET

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator MMA returns tonight with Bellator 135, featuring a bantamweight title fight in the main event. Get live results and recaps throughout the night.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Bellator 135 Results: Marcos Galvao Submits Joe Warren to Win Bantamweight Title

  • 22 days ago
  • 18 views

The Bellator MMA bantamweight belt changed hands on Friday at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. when Marcos Galvao submitted Joe Warren in the Bellator 135 main event. read news >>

Bellator 135 results recap: Warren vs. Galvao ends with a verbal submission!

  • 21 days ago
  • 21 views

Bellator MMA's "Warren vs. Galvao" card took place on Friday night (Mar. 27, 2015) in Thackerville, Oklahoma at the WinStar World Casino. The main event featured Joe Warren putting his bantamweight t read news >>

LC Davis vs. Hideo Tokoro full fight video highlights from Bellator 135 last night in Oklahoma

  • 21 days ago
  • 19 views

Bellator MMA hosted arguably the year's best fight thus far this past Friday night (March 27, 2015) as World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran LC Davis took on Bellator debutant Hideo Tokoro in the read news >>