Despite not getting the fight that he wanted, hometown hero Michael Chandler was still able to get the victory in front of his friends and family just miles away from his stomping grounds in High Ridge, Missouri.
Chandler was originally scheduled to take on current lightweight champ Brent Primus in a rematch of their bout from last summer that saw the title change hands due to a freak ankle injury to Chandler early on in the first round. After Primus withdrew due to a knee injury, Bellator vet Brandon Girtz would be called upon on short notice to fill in.
Chandler would make quick work of Girtz, sending the fans home happy with a first round submission victory. As you can see in the highlight package above, Chandler separated the shoulder of Girtz with a slam before putting him to sleep with a arm-triangle choke.
Chandler now holds multiple records for the promotion including most wins, most finishes and most submissions, following his latest victory.
With all 11 of his victories coming under the Bellator banner, the undefeated AJ McKee appears to be more than ready for a top competitor inside of the 145 lbs division. His lopsided decision victory over the ultra tough Justin Lawerence last night was easily his most well rounded performance to date.
Also on the card, Baby Slice, son of the late Kimbo Slice, opened up the main card on Paramount with a quick victory over Devon Brock in their catchweight affair. Slice landed a right hand behind the ear early before trading in his ground and pound for a rear-naked choke when it became clear that his opponent would not succumb to strikes.
Here are your full results from Bellator 197 ‘Chandler vs. Girtz’ out of the Family Arena in St. Charles Missouri:
Main Card (Paramount Network)
Michael Chandler (18-4) defeats Brandon Girtz (15-8) via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:00
AJ McKee (11-0) defeats Justin Lawrence (11-5) via UD (30-27 x 3)
Logan Storley (8-0) defeats Joaquin Buckley (8-2) via UD (30-27, 30-26 x 2)
Catchweight Bout (160 lbs)
Baby Slice (3-1) defeats Devon Brock (1-1) via submission (RNC) – Round 1, 0:34
Preliminary Card (Bellator APP)
Women’s Flyweight Bout
Juliana Velasquez (7-0) defeats Rebecca Ruth (6-3) via TKO (body kick) – Round 3, 0:19
Catchweight Bout (165 lbs)
Derek Anderson (15-3) defeats Zac Bucia (18-10) via UD (30-27 x 3)
Dominic Mazzotta (14-2) defeats Josh Sampo (11-6) via UD (30-27 x 3)
Eric Ellington (5-0) defeats Jordan Howard (10-5) via SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (Dark Bouts)
Adam Cella (9-8) defeats DeWayne Diggs (2-2) via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:27
Cort Wahle (3-3) defeats Joe Roye (1-5) via submission (guillotine) – Round 1, 0:21
Postliminary Card (Dark Bouts)
Jordan Dowdy (6-4) defeats Jeff Crotty (1-2) via submission (RNC) – Round 1, 0:29
Catchweight Bout (140 lbs)
A.J. Siscoe (3-2) defeats Justin Robbins (14-19) via submission (RNC) – Round 2, 4:34
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