Bellator MMA is returning to Albuquerque, New Mexico this July for Bellator 97. The card will take place July 31 at the Santa Ana Star Center and feature Bellator welterweight champion taking on Andrey Koreshkov. The card will air on Spike TV at 7PM ET.
Askren was last in action at Bellator 86, where he defeated Karl Amoussou via TKO. The win brought Askren to 11-0 in his MMA career. His opponent, Koreshkov, won the Bellator Season 7 Tournament by defeating Lyman Good. The Russian fighter is 13-0 in his young MMA career.
The winner of the Bellator 97 main event will see their next opponent decided in the evening’s co-main event as Ben Saunders meets Douglas Lima in the Season 8 Tournament Final.
Also on the card will be a featherweight battle between Patricio Freire and TUF alum Rob Emerson.
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was particularly excited for the upcoming card. “Our first event in Albuquerque was a huge success,” Rebney said. “With a Welterweight Title fight, the conclusion of our Welterweight Tournament, and a stacked fight card top to bottom, we’re looking at another huge night of fights July 31st live on Spike.”