Bellator MMA: 2013 Summer Series
|Created by||Bjorn Rebney|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Original network||Spike TV|
|Original release||June 19 – July 31, 2013|
|Preceded by||Bellator MMA: Season Eight|
|Followed by||Bellator MMA: Season Nine|
Bellator MMA: 2013 Summer Series was the third installment of the Bellator MMA Summer Series and started in June 2013. Mixed martial arts tournaments were held in the heavyweight, light heavyweight and bantamweight weight classes. Instead of the traditional eight-fighter tournaments Bellator has done throughout its run, it put on four-man tournaments.
Originally, the plan was for three events over the summer months with an event in June, July and August. However, on June 23, it was confirmed that only two events would take place during this summer series.
|Date||June 19, 2013|
|Venue||Winstar World Casino|
Bellator 96 took place on June 19, 2013 at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The event was distributed live in prime time by Spike TV. It marked the season debut of the 2013 summer series. Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson and Joe Warren took part in commentary.
Bellator 96 featured the opening round of the 2013 Summer Series Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight tournaments.
This event served as the lead in for the debut of Bellator's new reality TV series, Fight Master: Bellator MMA.
|Main Card (Spike TV)|
|Light Heavyweight||Muhammed Lawal||def.||Seth Petruzelli||KO (punch)||1||1:35||[a]|
|Light Heavyweight||Jacob Noe||def.||Renato Sobral||TKO (referee stoppage)||3||3:32||[a]|
|Heavyweight||Vitaly Minakov||def.||Ron Sparks||TKO (punches)||1||0:32||[b]|
|Welterweight||War Machine||def.||Blas Avena||TKO (punches)||1||3:55|
|Preliminary Card (Spike.com)|
|Lightweight||Damon Jackson||def.||Keith Miner||TKO (punches)||1||2:00|
|Heavyweight||Raphael Butler||def.||Jeremiah O'Neal||TKO (punches & elbows)||1||2:57|
|Heavyweight||Ryan Martinez||def.||Richard Hale||KO (punches)||1||2:19||[b]|
|Light Heavyweight||Brandon Halsey||def.||Joe Yager||Decision (split) (30-28, 28-30, 30-28)||3||5:00||[c]|
|Catchweight (159 lbs)||Derek Campos||def.||Brandon Girtz||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Justin McNally||def.||Steven Artoff||Verbal submission (inverted triangle armbar)||1||2:44|
|Featherweight||Chas Skelly||def.||Jarrod Card||Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Mike Maldonado||def.||Chavous Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||2:27|
|Catchweight (186 lbs)||Keith Berry||def.||Cortez Coleman||Decision (split) (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
- Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
- Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
- Yager deducted 1 point for a groin kick.
|Date||July 31, 2013|
|Venue||Santa Ana Star Center|
|City||Rio Rancho, New Mexico|
Bellator 97 took place on July 31, 2013 at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The event was distributed live in prime time by Spike TV.
Douglas Lima and Ben Saunders were scheduled to fight in order to decide the next contender for the Welterweight title. However, on June 11, it was announced that Lima had to pull out of the bout due to an injury.
Patricio Freire was originally scheduled to face The Ultimate Fighter veteran Rob Emerson. However, on July 12, it was revealed Emerson had to withdraw due to injury and was replaced by Jared Downing.
|Main Card (Spike TV)|
|Lightweight||Michael Chandler (c)||def.||David Rickels||KO (punches)||1||0:44||[a]|
|Welterweight||Ben Askren (c)||def.||Andrey Koreshkov||TKO (punches)||4||2:58||[b]|
|Light Heavyweight||Muhammed Lawal||def.||Jacob Noe||TKO (punches)||3||2:51||[c]|
|Heavyweight||Vitaly Minakov||def.||Ryan Martinez||TKO (punches)||3||4:02||[d]|
|Featherweight||Patricio Freire||def.||Jared Downing||TKO (punches)||2||0:54|
|Preliminary Card (Spike.com)|
|Lightweight||Will Brooks||def.||Cris Leyva||TKO (punches)||3||2:20|
|Bantamweight||Rafael Silva||def.||Rodrigo Lima||Submission (rear naked choke)||3||2:03||[e]|
|Bantamweight||Anthony Leone||def.||Frank Baca||Submission (rear naked choke)||3||1:07||[e]|
|Lightweight||Bubba Jenkins||def.||Mike Barreras||TKO (punches)||2||1:05|
|Catchweight (151 lbs)||Javier Palacios||def.||Richard Jacques||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Jeremy Kimball||def.||Keith Berry||KO (punches)||2||1:45|
|Bantamweight||Adrian Cruz||def.||Felipe Chavez||TKO (punches)||2||0:00|
|Catchweight (149 lbs)||Donald Sanchez||def.||Cliff Wright||Decision (split)||3||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Shawn Bunch||def.||Russell Wilson||Decision (split)||3||5:00|
- Lightweight Title Fight
- Welterweight Title Fight
- Light Heavyweight Tournament Final
- Heavyweight Tournament Final
- Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal
Bantamweight tournament bracket
Light Heavyweight tournament bracket
Heavyweight tournament bracket
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