Big Bellator MMA fight card on July 31 on Spike TV


Bellator MMA and Spike TV, both proud supporters of USA Wrestling, present an action-packed fight card (Bellator 98) from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, featuring MMA stars with world-class wrestling pedigree.

Among those competing include:

Ben Askren - 2008 US Olympic freestyle wrestler and All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri

Mohammed “King Mo” Lawal – All American wrestler at Oklahoma State

Michael Chandler – All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri

Shawn Bunch – All-American wrestler at Edinboro University

Bubba Jenkins – All-American wrestler at Arizona St. University

“The sport of amateur wrestling churns out some of the best athletes in the world, and this fight card demonstrates the breadth of talent that has risen through the collegiate wrestling ranks.” said Bjorn Rebney, Chairman and CEO, Bellator: MMA. “Wrestling deserves the Olympic platform to showcase these incredible athletes.”

Several MMA superstars teamed to create a Keep Olympic Wrestling PSA that will air during Bellator 98.



Bellator Lightweight World Title Fight: Michael Chandler (11-0) vs. David Rickels (14-1)

Bellator Welterweight World Title Fight: Ben Askren (11-0) vs. Andrey Koreschkov (13-0)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: King Mo (10-2) vs. Jacob Noe (12-2)

Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Ryan Martinez (10-2) vs. Vitaly Minakov (11-0)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Rob Emerson (12-10) vs. Patricio Pitbull (17-2)


Lightweight Feature Fight: Cris Leyva (9-5) vs. Will Brooks (9-1)

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Rafael Silva (19-3) vs. Rodrigo Lima (11-1)

Bantamweight Tournament Semifinals: Anthony Leone (12-5) vs. Frank Baca (16-2)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Barreras (5-6) vs. Bubba Jenkins (3-0)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Javier Palacios (1-0) vs. Richard Jacques (1-0)

Middleweight Feature Fight: Jeremy Kimball (9-3) vs. Keith Berry (15-10)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Adrian Cruz (4-0) vs. Felipe Chavez (5-3)

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Steve Garcia (1-0) vs. Shawn Bunch (1-0)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Cliff Wright Jr. (7-4) vs. Donald Sanchez (28-13)

Mohammed King Mo Lawal is also training to become a pro wrestler for TNA Impact Wrestling (9 p.m. EST Thursdays), also on Spike TV.

For Bellator information, visit, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at

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