Bellator Returns June 19th With Their Summer Series!

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The first time ‘King’ Mo entered the Bellator ring, they had to scrape him up off of it…..

Bellator returns in roughly a month, as Bellator 96 will air on SPIKETV on June 19th.  The event features a title defense for Lightweight champion Michael Chandler, as he faces tournament winner Dave Jansen in the main event.  The card also will have an abbreviated Lightheavyweight tournament of 4 men, including veterans Renato Sobral and ‘King’ Mo Lawal.  Let’s take a look at the match ups.

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Consider the abbreviated tournament of Lightheavyweights a “do over” or “reset” of the tournament scheduled for season 7.  That tournament was supposed to end with a coronation of sorts, as high impact and high dollar signee ‘King’ Mo was expected to meet tough veteran Renato ‘Babalu’ in the finals before stepping into a title shot.  It was not to be however, as both ‘King’ Mo and ‘Babalu’ were eliminated in the opening round.

Jacob Noe will take on Babalu, at it will be a good test of how faded Sobral is this late in his career.  Noe took Petruzelli out of the tournament in season 7 before losing to Mikhail Zayats, but Sobral should be able to pull out a victory if he can extend the match to win a decision.

‘King’ Mo is all about redemption now, and he gets the re-tread Seth Petruzelli in the opening round, as if to try and assure that Mo advances this time around.  Petruzelli is also a veteran, but he has never broken through to the big time, and he did not look good in his last outing.  The organization desperately wants a return on their investment with ‘King’ Mo, so they are rolling the dice again trying to get him the Sobral win to earn a title match.  If we get anything resembling a fight out of Petruzelli after the opening minute, be grateful.

The Lightweight title is a legit matchup of two very underrated guys.  Jansen weathered the storm of the season 7 tournament and stepped up with every matchup.  He has good skills, a lot of heart and experience and he is entering his prime.  In Chandler however, he faces a young gun who is undefeated.  Chandler is still hungry, however he has been more and more impressive with each outing and with the title in his hands now for a while, he has become 100 percent dedicated to his title defense.  Chandler will be favored, and he will be very difficult to beat.


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