Michael Chandler impressed in his home state of Missouri Saturday night, finishing Brandon Girtz in the main event of Bellator 197.

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The main card aired live on Paramount Network from the St. Charles Family Arena in Missouri.

Chandler, a former University of Missouri wrestling standout, locked in an arm-triangle choke in the first round, leaving Girtz unconscious on the cage canvas.

The win moved Chandler, a former Bellator lightweight champion, to 18-4 overall and 15-4 with the promotion. He was already the No. 1 contender to Brent Primus’ title, which Primus won last year from Chandler.

Chandler set a new record for the most wins in Bellator at 15. Girtz is now 15-8 overall and 7-6 with the promotion, as it appeared he also suffered a shoulder injury during the action.

In the co-main event, A.J. McKee remained unbeaten in his MMA career, picking up a decision over Justin Lawrence. The 23-year-old has made all 11 of his pro appearances with Bellator, earning 11 wins since 2015.