Bellator MMA has lately been giving the UFC a run for its money by constantly and consistently putting on great fight cards with some super exciting match-ups. While the UFC and their recent PPV plans have been a complete mess, Bellator has just put on another rather great PPV event. Bellator 197 just took place and it was aired live on prime time tv. The card had some really slick submissions and some brutal knock-outs. In the main-event, former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler fought and defeated Brandon Girtz.
Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler was expected to face the current lightweight kingpin Brent Primus. However, Primus was forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury. As a result, former King of The Cage lightweight Girtz stepped in on a relative short notice to step in and replace Primus.
Chandler easily outclassed Girtz and submitted him in the first round via an arm-triangle choke. The main card also featured fighters such as A.J. McKee, Kevin Ferguson, etc. Below are the full results from the Bellator 197 card:
Lightweight: Michael Chandler def. Brandon Girtz via technical submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:00
Featherweight: A.J. McKee def. Justin Lawrence via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Logan Storley def. Joaquin Buckley via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Catchweight (160 lbs): Kevin Ferguson Jr. def. Devon Brock via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 0:34
Catchweight (140 lbs): A.J. Siscoe def. Justin Robbins via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:34
Welterweight: Jordan Downy def. Jeff Crotty via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 0:29
Women’s Flyweight: Juliana Velasquez def. Rebecca Ruth via TKO (kick) – Round 3, 0:50
Catchweight (165 lbs): Derek Anderson def. Zak Bucia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight: Dominic Mazzotta def. Josh Sampo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight: Eric Ellington def. Jordan Howard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Middleweight: Adam Cella def. Dewayne Diggs via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:27
Featherweight: Cort Wahle def. Joe Roye via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:21