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MICHAEL CHANDLER; who’s still in pursuit of “his Bellator lightweight title”, put BRANDON GIRTZ to sleep in BELLATOR 197’s main event. It was supposed to be Michael’s rematch vs BRENT PRIMUS but an injury took him out of action. The ever so tough striker Girtz; stepped up on short notice. At the get go Brandon kept Michael at range throwing heavy hands and an array of kicks. After a pair of accidental fouls; Chandler pushed forward though slamming Girtz to the mat separating his shoulder. He chose not to pound away on Brandon, but to go and lock in an arm triangle 4 minutes into the fight putting Girtz to sleep. The win was a big one for Chandler as it set multiple records for the 2 time champion. They’re most wins in Bellator history (15), most stoppage wins (11), and he’s now tied for submission wins with (6).

Red hot A.J. MCKEE stayed undefeated, improving to 11-0 with a complete game plan vs JUSTIN LAWRENCE. Early on it was changing levels, angles, and speed. Then he threw in his kicking game and followed that up with grappling and body positioning. After the easy unanimous decision win, AJ called out CONOR MCGREGOR teammate JAMES GALLAGHER. Which is a fight that’s destined to happen now. Another red hot undefeated fighter stayed that way; LOGAN STORLEY. As he too won via unanimous decision; over JOAQUIN BUCKLEY. The collegiate wrestler took Buckley down at will controlling him for 3 rounds. 34 seconds into their fight and KEVIN FERGUSON JR (AKA- BABY SLICE); got DEVON BROCK to tap to a RNC. It was a serious overhand right that put Brock on the mat when Kevin jumped on top hammering away with right hammer fists. Devon eventually rolled giving up his back and that’s when the hold was cinched in.

AJ SISCO got JUSTIN ROBBINS at 4:34 of round 2 to tap to a RNC. JORDAN DOWNY got JEFF CROTTY to tap to one as well; but at 29 seconds into the fight. JULIANA VELASQUEZ traded shots with REBECCA RUTH. But a vicious kick to the body dropped Ruth for the TKO 50 seconds into round 3. ZAC BUCIA was able to hold his own on the mat but DEREK ANDERSON did a lot of damage in stand up, although he did get rocked mid way through the final round. Derek managed to pick up a unanimous decision there. Another unanimous decision winner was DOMINIC MAZZOTTA  over JOSH SAMPOERIC ELLINGTON picked up a split decision win over JORDAN HOWARD DEWAYNE DIGGS was TKO’d by ADAM CELLA 4:27 into round 1. CORT WAHLE put JOE ROYE into a guillotine choke 21 seconds into their fight.


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