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Bellator to put on July 31 card in Rio Rancho

NEWPORT BEACH, CA. (JULY 9, 2013) – Bellator MMA returns to
New Mexico Wednesday, July 31st as the Santa Ana Star
Center will play host to a Bellator Lightweight World Title fight as
defending Bellator Champion Michael Chandler puts his title on the line
against David “The Caveman” Rickels, while Bellator Welterweight
Champion Ben Askren will defend his title against Russian phenom Andrey
Koreskov live on Spike, as well in Spanish language on mun2. The night
will also feature the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final as King Mo
faces the electric Jacob Noe, while Heavyweights collide as Vitaly
Minakov battles Ryan Martinez in the Bellator Tournament Final. The
Bantamweight Summer Series Tournament will also begin, as Rafael Silva
will battle Rodrigo Lima, while Anthony Leone will take on Bellator
newcomer Frank Baca.

The event has a special early start time and will broadcast LIVE
starting at 5 p.m. MST on Spike. Tickets for the event are on sale
now and can be purchased at or by visiting the Santa Ana
Star Center Box Office with tickets starting at just $25 dollars.

The night will showcase a stacked preliminary card featured on, as former NCAA wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins will make his
Bellator debut and looks to keep his undefeated record intact when he
battles Albuquerque’s own Mike Barreras. The night will also feature
the return of U.S. Olympic Wrestling qualifier Shawn Bunch, who looks to
continue his journey into MMA as he takes on Steve Garcia in a
bantamweight affair.

Fan favorite Will Brooks will also return to the big stage and battle
New Mexico native Cris Leyva.  After suffering just the first loss of
his professional career in the Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Semifinal
to Saad Awad, Brooks is ready to get back under the bright lights.

Eight of New Mexico’s premiere athletes will be featured on the
preliminary card and all of the preliminary card fights will be streamed
LIVE and FREE on starting at 4:00 p.m. MST.

The full fight card is listed below


Bellator Lightweight World Title Fight: Michael Chandler (11-0) vs.
David Rickels (14-1)

Bellator Welterweight World Title Fight: Ben Askren (11-0) vs. Andrey
Koreschkov (13-0)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: King Mo (10-2) vs. Jacob
Noe (12-2)

Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Ryan Martinez (10-2) vs. Vitaly
Minakov (11-0)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Rob Emerson (12-10) vs. Patricio Pitbull



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Lightweight Feature Fight: Cris Leyva (9-5) vs. Will Brooks (9-1)

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Rafael Silva (19-3) vs. Rodrigo Lima

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Anthony Leone (12-5) vs. Frank Baca

Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Barreras (5-6) vs. Bubba Jenkins (3-0)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Javier Palacios (1-0) vs. Richard Jacques

Middleweight Feature Fight: Jeremy Kimball (9-3) vs. Keith Berry (15-10)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Adrian Cruz (4-0) vs. Felipe Chavez (5-3)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Steve Garcia (1-0) vs. Shawn Bunch (1-0)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Cliff Wright Jr. (7-4) vs. Donald Sanchez