Michael Chandler finishes fights

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler would rather compete and stay active than sit on the sidelines. That’s why he’s taking on Brandon Girtz this Friday night at Bellator 197 live on Paramount Network.

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Chandler, who topped Goiti Yamauchi this past January, was scheduled to face champion Brent Primus in a rematch. Primus, though, was forced out with an injury.

Now, Chandler, who owns 13 finishes in his career, will try to add Girtz to a list that includes a first round knockout of Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and stoppages vs. David Rickels, Derek Campos and Eddie Alvarez.

Girtz ready for spotlight

Minnesota native Brandon Girtz will enter hostile territory Friday night at Bellator 197 as he takes on Missouri’s own Michael Chandler in the main event on Paramount Network.

Girtz snapped a three-fight losing skid this past December when he knocked out Luka Jelcic for his 15th career win. He’s also stopped the likes of Derek Campos and Benny Madrid during his career.