Bellator 197 Results: Michael Chandler vs. Brandon Girtz Headlines, Plus AJ McKee & Logan Storley Look To Stay Undefeated

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(Note: Rankings are provided by Fightful’s David Tees.)

Main Card (9pm EST., Paramount Network)

#1 Michael Chandler def. #7 Brandon Girtz by submission via arm triangle choke (4:00, R1)

#2 AJ McKee def. #10 Justin Lawrence by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Baby Slice def. Devon Brock by submission via rear naked choke (0:34, R1)

Logan Storley def. Joaquin Buckley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Preliminary Card (7pm EST., Bellator.com)

Juliana Velasquez def. Rebecca Ruth by TKO via kick (0:19, R3)

Dominic Mazzotta def. Josh Sampo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

#3 Derek Anderson def. Zak Bucia by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Eric Ellington def. Jordan Howard by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)


Jordan Howard vs. Eric Ellington

Round One: The round begins with Ellington attacking Howard with some leg kicks, Howard attacks Ellington with a punching combination. Howard also attacks Ellington with some leg kicks of his own, Ellington backs up Howard with a multiple strike combination. Ellington tries nailing Howard with a few rights, Ellington scores a takedown on Howard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ellington

Round Two: The round begins with Howard nailing Ellington with an uppercut, Ellington scores a takedown on Ellington and he gets the open guard. Howard tries attacking Ellington with strikes while on his back, the referee stands up the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Ellington attacking Howard with an overhand right, Howard tries hitting Ellington with a few kicks. Ellington scores another takedown on Howard and he gets the open guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ellington (Overall Score: 20-18 for Ellington)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Howard nails a swinging Ellington with a pair of rights. Ellington goes back to attacking Howard with some leg kicks, Howard cracks a swinging Ellington with a two punch combination followed by a jumping knee strike, Ellington scores a takedown on Howard and he gets the open guard. Howard uses an omaplata attempt to cause a scramble and Ellington maintains top position, the referee stands up the fighters for inactivity. The action resumes with Howard attempting a front kick against Ellington, Howard nails Ellington with an uppercut followed by a punching combination. Ellington scores another takedown on Howard and he gets him in the seated position, Howard scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again. Ellington scores another takedown on Howard and he gets the open guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Ellington (Final Score: 30-27 for Ellington)

Official Result: Eric Ellington def. Jordan Howard by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Dominic Mazzotta vs. Josh Sampo

Round One: The round begins with Mazzotta attempting a high kick against Sampo, Mazzotta catches Sampo with a right uppercut. Mazzotta scores a takedown on Sampo and he gets side control, Mazzotta locks Sampo in the crucifix position while landing some strikes. Mazzotta transitions to the half guard position against Sampo, Mazzotta regains side control against Sampo. Mazzotta gets back control on Sampo while landing some strikes, Sampo scrambles and Mazzotta gets in his full guard. Samo scrambles again and he gets the fight standing before Mazzotta drags him to the ground, Mazzotta starts attacking Sampo with some ground and pound. Sampo scrambles to his feet again and Mazzotta drags him back to the ground again, Mazzotta rolls for a knee bar and the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Mazzotta

Round Two: The round begins with Mazzotta attempting a high kick against Sampo, Sampo catches Mazzotta with a left to the midsection. Mazzotta scores a takedown on Sampo and he gets the full guard, Mazzotta transitions to the half guard against Sampo. Mazzotta starts attacking Sampo with some ground and pound, Mazzotta rolls for an arm bar and Sampo scrambles to get free before gaining top position. Sampo starts attacking Mazzotta with ground and pound, Mazzotta scrambles to regain top position against Sampo as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Mazzotta (Overall Score: 20-18 for Mazzotta)

Round Three: The round begins with Mazzotta attacking Sampo with a variety of kicks, Sampo responds by throwing a few kicks of his own. Sampo backs up Mazzotta with a punching combination, Sampo holds Mazzotta against the cage wall before attempting a spinning elbow strike. Mazzotta starts attacking Sampo with some leg kicks, Mazzotta goes for a takedown and he gets the full guard on Sampo. Mazzotta attacks Sampo with some ground and pound, Sampo scrambles to his feet and he scores a takedown on Mazzotta while getting side control. Sampo gains the half guard position against Mazzotta, Mazzotta uses a heel hook attempt to get top position against Sampo. Sampo scrambles to regain top poition and full mount on Mazzotta, Sampo goes for a guillotine choke as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Sampo (Final Score: 29-28 for Mazzotta)

Official Result: Dominic Mazzotta def. Josh Sampo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

#3 Derek Anderson vs. Zak Bucia

Round One: The round begins with Anderson scoring a takedown on Bucia and he gets the open guard, Bucia rolls for an arm bar and Anderson escapes after a long struggle. Anderson starts attacking Bucia with ground and pound, Bucia tries rolling for some submissions while on his back. Bucia rolls for a triangle choke and Anderson escapes to maintain top position, Bucia rolls for another arm bar and Anderson escapes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Bucia

Round Two: The round begins with Anderson attempting a few kicks against Bucia, Anderson also starts attacking Bucia with leg kicks. Anderson then pops Bucia with a left hook followed by a right, Anderson cracks a swinging Bucia with a counter left hook. Bucia starts attacking Anderson with some leg kicks of his own, Anderson rocks Bucia with a three punch combination. Anderson drops Bucia with a pair of uppercuts and he pounces on him with a ton of strikes, Anderson gets up and he allows Bucia to stand up. Anderson holds Bucia against the cage wall while landing a punching combination, Bucia pulls guard to get the fight back to the ground. Anderson gets up and he allows Bucia to stand up as well, Anderson kicks away at an always charging Bucia as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Anderson (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Anderson attacking Bucia with a variety of kicks, Anderson starts nailing Bucia with leg kicks followed by a left hook. Anderson catches Bucia with an uppercut followed by some head kicks, Anderson backs up Bucia while throwing a punching combination. Bucia attacks Anderson with a punching combo of his own, Bucia eats some more kicks before catching Anderson with a left. Anderson continues going for the high kick against Bucia, Anderson cracks Bucia with a trio of rights before eating a left. Anderson then connects with a jumping knee strike against Bucia, Bucia rocks Anderson with a high kick and Anderson scores a takedown right after. Bucia rolls for an arm bar on Anderson and the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Anderson (Final Score: 29-28 for Anderson)

Official Result: #3 Derek Anderson def. Zak Bucia by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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