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Dave Jansen off Bellator 96, David Rickels meets Michael Chandler at Bellator 97

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The injury bug has bitten Bellator's lightweight division, and champion Michael Chandler's next title defense will be delayed – and will come against a new opponent.

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Post #1   6/2/13 11:23:13AM   

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Awful news I was stoked to see Chandler back in action.

Post #2   6/2/13 1:22:16PM   

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Better fight, more ways for Rickles to win than Jansen

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Good god, just to play devil's advocate here...what will Bellator do if Rickels wins!? Kind of messes with the whole purity of the tournament thing that they are always standing upon.

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Chandler will finish him

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Posted by jae_1833

Good god, just to play devil's advocate here...what will Bellator do if Rickels wins!? Kind of messes with the whole purity of the tournament thing that they are always standing upon.



Not exactly. Rickels won the Season 8 tournament while Jansen won Season 7. If Rickels beats Chandler (he won't), he'll just defend it against Jansen when he's healthy. This happened a while back with the featherweight championship. Patricio Pitbull won a fw tourney before Pat Curran but when he got hurt, Pat stepped up and destroyed Warren.

Post #6   6/2/13 10:05:22PM