Bellator has confirmed that both sets of tournament winners at Bellator 96, are now set to face off at Bellator 97. In the light heavyweight summer series tournament, Muhammed Lawal and Jacob Noe both advanced to the finals and they will face off the card scheduled for July 31st. Immediately following that bout, heavyweight tournament winners Ryan Martinez and Vitaly Minakov will fight to see who will walk out with the $100,000 tournament prize.
In the main event, Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler will put his belt on the line against Dave ‘Caveman’ Rickels. Bellator 97 takes place at the Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. MMAJunkie was the first to confirm the bouts.