This morning Bellator MMA announced their first 2013 summer series event on June 19th from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The Bellator 96 main card will feature the opening round of the four man light heavyweight tournament and is headlined by a lightweight title fight between Michael Chandler and Dave Jansen.
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Season eight for Bellator is now in the books following tonight’s Bellator 95 from Atlantic City, NJ. After two tournament finals last week, tonight’s main card featured two more tournament finals as well as a featherweight title fight.
The season format of Bellator is not an exact science. The tournament format is supposed to run its course during a single season, the ending said season with multiple tournament finals. This has not always been the case and tournaments tend to spill over into the following season.
Tonight’s Bellator 92 ran the gamut of what fans get at a typical Bellator event. You had a razor thing exciting fight, a crazy come from behind knockout and the head scratching judge’s decision. The night’s main card featured the featherweight and middleweight tournament semifinal rounds.
One month ago Alexander Shlemenko won the vacant Bellator middleweight championship with a knockout of Maiquel Falcao. Tonight at Bellator 92 from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, two middleweights will inch one step closer to facing the newly crowned 185 pound champion.
Another Thursday can only mean another round of tournament quarterfinal action at Bellator 89. Along with the four tournament bouts, tonight’s Bellator 89 was headlined by a bantamweight title fight between Eduardo Dantas and Marcos Galvao.
With just three events left in the seventh season, Friday’s Bellator 82 began to close things out within the season’s tournaments. From inside the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan the welterweight tournament came to a close as Andrey Koreshkov and Lyman Good fought in the Bellator 82 main event.