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Bellator 197 post-event facts: Michael Chandler owns the Bellator record books

Bellator hosted its sixth event of the year on Friday when Bellator 197 took place at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., near St. Louis. The main card aired on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

In the main event, Michael Chandler (18-4 MMA, 15-4 BMMA) achieved Bellator history when he set a new promotional wins record – among others – with his first-round submission of replacement opponent Brandon Girtz (15-8 MMA, 7-6 BMMA).

Chandler’s performance was the highlight of the four-fight main card, but others also picked up some notable results. For more on the numbers behind the latest Bellator card, check below for 25 post-event facts from Bellator 197.

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Betting favorites went 4-0 on the main card.

Betting favorites improved to 5-1 in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 34:34.

Main card

Chandlers’ 15 victories in Bellator competition are most in company history.

Chandler’s 13 victories in Bellator lightweight competition are most in divisional history.

Chandler’s 11 stoppage victories in Bellator competition are most in company history.

Chandler’s nine stoppage victories in Bellator lightweight competition are most in divisional history.

Chandler’s six submission victories in Bellator competition are tied with Goiti Yamauchi, Marcin Held and Alexandre Bezerra for most in company history.

Girtz fell to 1-4 in his past four Bellator appearances dating back to November 2016.

Girtz suffered his first submission loss since May 15, 2010 – a span of 2,890 days (nearly eight years) and 17 fights.

A.J. McKee’s (11-0 MMA, 11-0 BMMA) 11-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

McKee’s 11-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest streak in company history.

McKee’s 11-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

McKee’s 11 victories in Bellator featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (14).

Justin Lawrence (11-5 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) has suffered all three of his Bellator losses by decision.

Logan Storley (8-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) has earned his past two victories by decision after starting his career with six consecutive knockouts.

Joaquin Buckley (8-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Kevin Ferguson Jr. (3-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) has earned all of his career victories by stoppage.

Ferguson’s 34-second victory marked the seventh fastest submission in Bellator history.

Devon Brock (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Preliminary card

Jordan Dowdy’s (6-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) 29-second victory marked the fastest submission in Bellator welterweight history.

Dominic Mazzotta (14-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) improved to 2-0 since he dropped to the Bellator bantamweight division in November 2017.

Josh Sampo (11-6 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) was unsuccessful in his return to competition from a nearly three-year layoff.

Sampo’s four-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2013.

Derek Anderson (15-3 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) has earned four of his six Bellator victories by decision.

Zak Bucia (18-10 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) has suffered seven of his 10 career losses by decision.

For complete coverage of Bellator 197, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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