Bellator 225 takes place at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut on August 25 (AEST). MMA event is headlined by a pair of heavyweights Matt Mitrione (13-6, 1 NC) and Sergei Kharitonov (28-6, 2 NC).
The pair squares off for the second time. Their first encounter in February, ended in “No Contest” 15 seconds in the first round due to an accidental low blow.
The bout saw an inside leg kick thrown by Mitrione landing in the groin of Kharitonov. The latter was unable to recover. The encounter was declared no contest.
— FIGHTMAG (@fightmag) June 18, 2019
(Via the announcement sent out by the promotion)
“Hailing from Indianapolis, Matt Mitrione will once again lace up the gloves in a main event against Kharitonov after an inadvertent shot put an abrupt end to their first matchup at Bellator 215 this past February. The former Purdue University and New York Giant football standout is fresh off a strong run in Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix, where the knockout artist advanced all the way to the semifinal round after defeating Roy Nelson. With victories in four of his last five contests, including a highlight-reel first round knockout of Fedor Emelianenko, Mitrione will now focus on writing the second chapter of his story with Kharitonov.
Riding a seven-fight unbeaten streak, including four first-round finishes and three knockouts, Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov returns to the U.S. after an unfortunate end to the pair’s first meeting. Now, the Moscow-native will seek to add another name to his list of victories amassed in well-known promotions around the globe, such as Pride and Strikeforce, and against equally dominant fighters, including Roy Nelson, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Alistair Overeem.”
Bellator 225 is scheduled on Paramount Network and DAZN marking the promotion’s debut in Bridgeport, Conn. Other bouts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Heavyweight Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov