Muhammed Lawal vs Jacob Noe, Ryan Martinez vs Vitaly Minakov Tourney Finals Added to Bellator 97

Muhammed King Mo Lawal


Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal

  • 10-2 MMA / 2-1 Bellator Record
  • Won 3 of last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Seth Petruzelli, Gegard Mousasi, Roger Gracie

Jacob Noe


Jacob Noe

  • 12-2 MMA / 3-1 Bellator Record
  • Won 10 of Last 11 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Seth Petruzelli, Renato Sobral


Ryan Martinez


Ryan Martinez

  • 10-2 MMA / 3-1 Bellator Record
  • 3 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Mark Ellis, Travis Wiuff, Rich Hale

Vitaly Minakov


Vitaly Minakov

  • 11-0 MMA / 2-0 Bellator Record
  • 11 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Eddie Sanchez, Ron Sparks


Bellator 97

July 31st, 2013

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Santa Ana Star Center


Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal rebounded nicely from his first loss inside the Bellator cage with a vicious one punch knockout of Seth Petruzelli at Bellator 96. Lawal was upset in the semifinals of season eight’s light heavyweight tournament by Emanuel Newton, suffering a first round knockout defeat.

Jacob Noe advanced to the final of the Summer Series tournament with a third round TKO victory over Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral. He was eliminated in the semifinals of the season eight 205-pound tournament by Mikhail Zayats, submitting in the first round to an armbar.

Late replacement, Ryan Martinez made the most of a big opportunity, knocking out Rich Hale in the first round at Bellator 96 to advance to the heavyweight finale. He’s now won three straight fights after dropping a split decision to Mike Wessel in his Bellator debut.

Vitaly Minakov just need 32-seconds to knock out Ron Sparks in the semifinal round of the Summer Series heavyweight tournament. He’s remains undefeated at 11-0, including a second round TKO victory over Vladimir Starcencov at Bellator 79.


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