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Bellator 97: Chandler vs Rickels - fight recap


Event: Bellator 97: Chandler vs Rickels

Date: July 31, 2013

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Venue: Santa Ana Center

Broadcast: MTV2 and Spike TV


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Bellator 97 took place on July 31, 2013 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The event was distributed live in prime time by Spike TV.

The card featured Ben Askren's fourth title defense of the Bellator Welterweight Championship and Michael Chandler's second defense of the Bellator Lightweight Championship.

The card also featured the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals and Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals.

It was a night where the the betting favorites had their way as Bellator lightweight and welterweight champions Michael Chandler and Ben Askren easily defended their titles at Bellator 97 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The main card for the night aired on Spike TV.

In the main event, lightweight champion Chandler blasted season 8 lightweight tournament winner David Rickels in just 44 seconds into the first round. After a brief feeling out process, Chandler connected with a right hand that stumbled Rickels only to follow with lightening speed to more punches that sent 'Caveman' crashing to the mat.

Chandler followed his falling opposition to the canvas where a series of blitzing punches forced the referee to halt the action.

Michael Chandler vs David Rickels:

Round 1: Rickels comes out landing outside leg kicks as Chandler moves him around the perimeter and tries to close the gap. Good jab lands for Chandler, he eats a left and lands another jab, followed by counter-right hand over the top that takes Rickels’ legs out from beneath him.

The challenger pops back up, only to be blasted by an uppercut and follow-up punches on the ground that knock Rickels unconscious, forcing Jason Herzog into action. Michael Chandler scores a violent knockout after only 44 seconds and retains his Bellator lightweight title.

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