A press conference will be held by Orthrus Promotions, Tuesday July 9th at 2pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to officially announce the local fighters scheduled to make up the undercard for Bellator 97 which will take place at the Santa Ana Star Center, Wednesday July 31st in Rio Rancho, NM.
Expected to be at tomorrow’s presser are local fighters Donald Sanchez, Felipe Chavez, Mike Barerras, Adrian Cruz, Steve Garcia, Richard Jacques, Javier Palacios and Cris Leyva.
Six additional bouts featuring local MMA fighters will also be announced for the “Bellator MMA” card. The card is also one the most loaded in New Mexico MMA history featuring two Bellator championship contest as Michael Chandler (11-0) defends his lightweight title against David Rickels (14-1) in the main event and Ben Askren (11-0) looks to make the fourth defense of the welterweight crown against Andrey Koreshkov (13-0) in a battle of unbeatens.
Doors open at 3pm local time with the first bout scheduled for 3:30PM/MT and TV bouts starting 5:00PM/MT.