The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri host Bellator 197, headlined by former Lightweight champion Michael Chandler taking on rough and tumble, short notice replacement Brandon Girtz.
Chandler 31, is a Missouri, native and 2 time Bellator Lightweight champion. The former Missouri Tiger has won 5 of 6, coming off a January, unanimous decision victory over Goiti Yamauchi. Girtz 33, from Minnesota, and trains out of the Grudge Training Center in Colorado. Girtz ended a 3 fight skid at Bellator 190, with a first round knock out of Luka Jelcic.
Paramount Main Card
155: Michael Chandler def. Brandon Girtz by submission (head an arm choke) 4:00 R1
145: A.J. McKee def. Justin Lawrence (30-27 x3) unanimous decision
170: Logan Storley def. Joaquin Buckley by (30-27, 30-26 x2) unanimous decision
160: Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Devon Brock by submission (rear naked choke) 0:34 R1
140: A.J. Siscoe def. Justin Robbins by submission (rear naked choke) 4:34 R2
170: Jordan Downy def. Jeff Crotty by submission (rear naked choke) 0:29 R1
125: Juliana Velasquez def. Rebecca Ruth by KO (body kick) 0:19 R3
165: Derek Anderson def. Zak Bucia by (30-27 x3) unanimous decision
135: Dominic Mazzotta def. Josh Sampo by (30-27 x3) unanimous decision
135: Eric Ellington def. Jordan Howard by (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) split decision
189: Adam Cella def. Dewayne Diggs by TKO (punches) 4:27 R1
151: Cort Wahle def. Joe Roye by submission (guillotine choke) 0:21 R1