Bellator MMA: 2013 Summer Series

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Bellator MMA
Genre Sports
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.[1] Mixed martial arts tournaments were held in the heavyweight,[2] light heavyweight[2] and bantamweight[2] weight classes. Instead of the traditional eight-fighter tournaments Bellator has done throughout its run, it put on four-man tournaments.[1]

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.[3]


Bellator 96[edit]

Bellator 96
Date June 19, 2013
Venue Winstar World Casino
City Thackerville, Oklahoma

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.[4] 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.[5]

This event served as the lead in for the debut of Bellator's new reality TV series, Fight Master: Bellator MMA.

Michael Chandler was expected to defend his Lightweight Title against Dave Jansen on this card. However, on June 2, it was announced that Jansen had to pull out of the bout due to an injury.[6]

Vinicius Queiroz was originally scheduled to face Richard Hale in the heavyweight tournament. Queiroz, however, suffered a knee injury and was replaced Ryan Martinez.[7]

Both Derek Campos and Keith Berry missed weight for their fights; as a result, both fighters forfeited a portion of their purses to their opponents and the matches were changed to catchweight.

Both Seth Petruzelli & Renato Sobral retired from MMA competition after this event.


Main Card (Spike TV)
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
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 (
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
  1. ^ a b Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
  2. ^ a b Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal
  3. ^ Yager deducted 1 point for a groin kick.

Bellator 97[edit]

Bellator 97
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.


The card featured Ben Askren's fourth title defense of the Bellator Welterweight Championship and Michael Chandler's second defense of the Bellator Lightweight Championship.

The card also featured the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals and Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals.

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.[8]

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.[9]

The live airing featured the announcement of Bellator's first pay per view event for November 2, 2013 that will be headlined by Tito Ortiz versus Quinton Jackson.


Main Card (Spike TV)
Weight Class Method Round Time Notes
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 (
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
  1. ^ Lightweight Title Fight
  2. ^ Welterweight Title Fight
  3. ^ Light Heavyweight Tournament Final
  4. ^ Heavyweight Tournament Final
  5. ^ a b Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal


Bantamweight tournament bracket[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Rafael Silva SUB
Rodrigo Lima 3
Rafael Silva DEC
Anthony Leone 3
Anthony Leone SUB
Frank Baca 3

Light Heavyweight tournament bracket[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Muhammed Lawal KO
Seth Petruzelli 1
Muhammed Lawal TKO
Jacob Noe 3
Renato Sobral 3
Jacob Noe TKO

Heavyweight tournament bracket[edit]

Semifinals Finals
Ryan Martinez KO
Richard Hale 1
Ryan Martinez 3
Vitaly Minakov TKO
Ron Sparks 1
Vitaly Minakov TKO


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