Dave Jansen Out; Michael Chandler vs David Rickels 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

David Rickels

David Rickels

  • 14-1 MMA / 8-1 Bellator Record
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Lloyd Woodard, Saad Awad, Jason Fischer (x2)

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Bellator 96

June 19th, 2013

Thackerville, Oklahoma

WinStar World Casino

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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 eight’s lightweight tournament winner, David Rickels earns a shot at a world title following three consecutive victories over Lloyd Woodard, Jason Fischer, and Saad Awad. He’s 6-1 in Bellator, with his only loss being a split decision defeat to former welterweight title contender, Karl Amoussou at Bellator 69.

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