Sunday, 2 June 2013

Rickels Moves Ahead Of Jansen Due to ACL Injury; Rickels vs. Chandler Now July 31st

After preparing for the biggest fight of his already impressive career, Dave Jansen’s title shot will be put on hold as the Oregon native has suffered an ACL injury that will keep the submission ace sidelined indefinitely. Originally slated to face reigning Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler on June 19th, Chandler will instead face Season 8 Lightweight Tournament Champion David Rickels July 31st from The Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
“I’m already back in the gym getting ready for the biggest test of my career,” Rickels said. “I was prepared for another few months off with Jansen already in line for his title shot, but when I got the news I was pumped because I got to enjoy myself for a while after the tournament, but now I’m ready to fight for that belt. Chandler is going to bring a huge challenge, but I know I need to focus on my takedown defense, and just push the pace. I’ve got to hurt Mike early, let him know I’m not playing around. I think he fights off of confidence more than anything else, so I’m looking to put a lot of doubt into his head early in this fight. Either way, I just can’t wait until July 31st.”
“It was just sort of a freak injury that happened in grappling, I heard a pop and after visiting the doctor, my fears were confirmed,” Jansen said. “It’s really devastating to me knowing I was so close to getting my shot, but I talked to Bjorn and the Bellator team and they confirmed I’ll be getting my title shot when I’m healthy and ready to go, so I’m going to recover and train as hard as I ever have, and hopefully when I get back into the cage it’s more rewarding than ever.”
Please see the below for the most up to date fight schedules:
Bellator MMA from WinStar World Casino Wednesday, June 19th:
Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament: King Mo Lawal (9-2) vs. Seth Petruzelli (14-7)
Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament: Renato “Babalu” Sobral (37-10) vs. Jacob Noe (11-2)
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament: Vitaly Minakov (10-0) vs. Ron Sparks (8-1)
Welterweight Feature Fight: War Machine (12-4) vs. Blas Avena (8-6)
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament: Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz (6-3) vs. Rich Hale (21-5)

Bellator MMA from Santa Ana Star Center Wednesday, July 31st
Bellator Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (11-0) vs. David Rickels (14-1)
Bellator Welterweight Title Fight: Ben Askren (11-0) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (13-0)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Finals: Douglas Lima (24-5) vs. Ben Saunders (16-5-2)
Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals: TBD vs. TBD
Bellator Featherweight Feature Fight: Patricio Pitbull (17-2) vs. Rob Emerson (12-10)

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