Michael Chandler vs Dave Jansen for Lightweight Title Headlines Bellator 96

Michael Chandler


Michael Chandler

  • 11-0 MMA / 8-0 Bellator Record
  • 11 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Rick Hawn, Patricky Freire, Eddie Alvarez

Dave Jansen


Dave Jansen

  • 19-2 MMA / 6-0 Bellator Record
  • 6 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Ricardo Tirloni, Marcin Held, Magomed Saadulaev


Bellator 96

June 19th, 2013

Thackerville, Oklahoma

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Bellator’s lightweight champion, Michael Chandler defended his title successfully for the first time, with a second round submission win over Rick Hawn at Bellator 85. He remains perfect in his young mixed martial arts career at 11-0, including key victories over Marcin Held, Patricky Freire, and former champ Eddie Alvarez.

Season seven’s lightweight tournament winner, Dave Jansen earns a shot at a world title following three consecutive victories over Magomed Saadulaev, Ricardo Tirloni, and Marcin Held in the tourney finale. He’s now 6-0 under the Bellator banner, since signing with the promotion back in April of 2011.


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