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BELLATOR 97 (7/31/13) - Rio Rancho, NM (Santa Ana Star Arena)


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Bellator 97
Date: July 31, 2013
Venue: Santa Ana Star Center
Location: Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Main Card (on Spike TV):
Lightweight title: Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels - Chanlder, KO, R1
Welterweight title: Ben Askren vs. Andrey Koreschkov - Askren, TKO, R4
Light Heavyweight tournament final: King Mo Lawal vs. Jacob Noe - Lawal, TKO, R3
Heavyweight tournament final: Ryan Martinez vs. Vitaly Minakov - Minakov, TKO, R3
Patricio Pitbull vs. Jared Downing - Pitbull, KO, R1

Preliminary Card (on Spike.com):
Cris Leyva vs. Will Brooks - Brooks, SUB, R3
Bantamweight tournament semifinal: Rafael Silva vs. Rodrigo Lima - Silva, SUB, R3
Bantamweight tournament semifinal: Anthony Leone vs. Frank Baca - Leone, SUB, R3
Mike Barreras vs. Bubba Jenkins - Jenkins, TKO, R2
Javier Palacios vs. Richard Jacques
Jeremy Kimball vs. Keith Berry
Adrian Cruz vs. Felipe Chavez
Steve Garcia vs. Shawn Bunch
Cliff Wright Jr. vs. Donald Sanchez

Attendance: LMAO
Gate: LOL

Cancelled Bouts:
Douglas Lima vs. Ben Saunders - Injury to Lima; rescheduled for Bellator 100
Rob Emerson vs. Patricio Pitbull - Injury to Emerson

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So does anybody care about Bellator on here?  This is definitely one of the more solid cards they've put together this year.  Well, besides the King Mo gift tournament.  Of note on the prelims is Bubba Jenkins, former NCAA champ who many expect to be a standout in the next few years.

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Bellator just announced Rampage Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz for Nov. 2nd on their PPV debut.

Honestly, if they're set on PPV, this seems like the best possible match. Tito, at least, should not be fighting anyone outside of the seniors circuit, and their name value, while not what it once was, is still a lot higher than anyone else's in Bellator.So what's the rest of the card? Eddie Bravo and some title fights?
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It just feels like Viacom put Bellator in this situation to see if they can turn a real profit. You don't do PPV as a secondary promotion unless you have at least two or three PPV commodities. They have one (literally two past their prime fighters combining as one) at best. That won't cut it.

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