Bellator 97 Video Highlights: Chandler and Askren Continue Their Dominance

Bellator 97 took place last night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M.

The main card opened with Patricio Freire knocked out Jared Downing in the second round.

Then two Summer Series tournament finals took place as Ryan Martinez won the heavyweight tournament as he defeated Vitaly Minakov by a third round TKO. King Mo came out to show why he was a big time signing to Bellator as he defeated Jacob Noe to win the light heavyweight tournament when he won by verbal submission in the third round.

Bellator then closed the show with two title fights as welterweight champion Ben Askren continues to show why he’s growing as the one of the best welterweights in the world as he defeated Andrey Koreshkov by fourth round TKO. In the main event, lightweight champion Michael Chandler continued his path of destruction as he knocked out David Rickels 44 seconds into the fight.

Check out the video above of the highlights of Bellator 97.

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Video: Bellator 97 Preview

Bellator MMA returns tonight with the final Summer Series event as Bellator 97 takes place tonight at the Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the main card airs on Spike TV at 7 p.m. ET following the preliminary card on Spike.com at 6 p.m. ET.

The card features two title fights as Michael Chandler defends his Bellator lightweight title against David Rickels and Ben Askren defends his welterweight title against Andrey Koreshkov.

Also two tournament finals take place as Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal squares off with Jacob Noe in the light heavyweight finals and Ryan Martinez faces off with Vitaly Minakov in the heavyweight finals.

Watch the video above for a preview of tonight’s card.

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