Michael Chandler (Jeff Vulgamore/Combat Press)

Bellator 197 Results: Chandler Chokes Girtz, McKee Remains Undefeated

On Friday, April 13, Bellator MMA hosted its 197th event from the The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.

In the night’s main event, former lightweight championĀ Michael Chandler took on veteran Brandon Girtz. The 31-year-old Chandler fought in front of his hometown crowd after winning five of his last six. Girtz, meanwhile, snapped a three-fight skid in his last bout, stoppingĀ Luka Jelcic in the first round at Bellator 190.

After getting Girtz to the ground and dominating in the first round, Chandler was able to secure a head-and-arm choke to put his opponent to sleep in just four minutes.


In the co-main event, A.J. McKee took all three rounds against hometown favorite Justin Lawrence to remain undefeated.

Below are the full results.

Michael Chandler def. Brandon Girtz by technical submission (head-and-arm choke). Round 1, 4:00
A.J. McKee def. Justin Lawrence by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Logan Storley def. Joaquin Buckley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. def. Devon Brock by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 0:34
A.J. Siscoe def. Justin Robbins by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:34
Jordan Downy def. Jeff Crotty by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 0:29
Juliana Velasquez def. Rebecca Ruth by TKO (kick). Round 3, 0:50
Derek Anderson def. Zak Bucia by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dominic Mazzotta def. Josh Sampo by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Eric Ellington def. Jordan Howard by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Adam Cella def. Dewayne Diggs by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:27
Cort Wahle def. Joe Roye by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:21