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Linton Vassell TKOs Sergei Kharitonov

Linton Vassell is back in the win column – and in a big way. In his return to heavyweight, Vassell, a former two-time light heavyweight title challenger, defeated Sergei Kharitonov via second-round TKO on Thursday. The fight between Vassell (20-8 MMA, 8-5 BMMA) and Kharitonov (30-8 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) served as the headliner for Bellator 234, which took place at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel, and aired on
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Is anyone picking Vassell over Kharitonov?

Bellator is back in Israel this week, and a pair of heavyweight standouts are atop the bill. Bellator 234 takes place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN on Friday via tape delay. (Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.) In the main event, Sergei Kharitonov (30-7 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) takes
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Vassell much lighter than Kharitonov

(Editor’s note: The weights for Kharitonov and Vassell initially were listed incorrectly based on Bellator’s press release but have since been corrected.) The weigh-ins are in the books for this week’s Bellator 234 event, and the fighters on the main card all hit their marks. In the main event, heavyweight contender Sergei Kharitonov (29-6 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) will attempt to continue to make his case for a title shot when
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Make your predictions for Kharitonov vs. Vassell

We want your predictions for this week’s Bellator 234 event in Israel. Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Wednesday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the Bellator 234 event staff predictions we release Thursday ahead of the
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Sergei Kharitonov vs. Linton Vassell among Bellator 234 additions

Bellator is going back to Israel this fall with a heavyweight fight in the main event. Bellator 234 takes place Thursday, Nov. 14, at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. The main card airs on Paramount Network and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. Although the promotion hasn’t made an official announcement, Haim Gozali posted the fight promotional poster on his <a href=" The card is headlined
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Sergei Kharitonov has one remaining motivation: A Bellator title fight

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Less than seven months after Matt Mitrione stood over the crumpled body of Sergei Kharitonov at Bellator 215, their roles reversed. Saturday, at Bellator 225 at Webster Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., Kharitonov (30-7 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) took one step closer to erasing the memory of the fight-ending low blow against Mitrione (13-7 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in February. Unlike their fist outing, this bout had a definitive winner.
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Mitrione vs. Kharitonov winner could get next title shot

A pivotal heavyweight rematch goes down at Bellator 225, and it appears to have title implications. Matt Mitrione (13-6-1 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) will rematch Sergei Kharitonov (28-6-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in the main event of Saturday’s card, which takes place at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The two previously fought at Bellator 215 in February, when in the first 15 seconds of the fight, Mitrione accidentally struck Kharitonov with
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Is anyone picking Kharitonov over Mitrione?

Bellator returns to Connecticut this week, but instead of its usual Mohegan Sun Arena venue, the promotion is touching down in a new city. Bellator 225 takes place Saturday at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. (Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.) In the main event,
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Bellator 225 weigh-ins video: Mitrione, Kharitonov hit marks

STAMFORD, Conn. – The Bellator 225 headliners hit their marks at Friday’s official fighter weigh-ins in Connecticut. In the main event, Matt Mitrione (13-6 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) takes on Sergei Kharitonov (29-7 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in a heavyweight rematch following their 15-second no contest in February. Mitrione weighed in at 258 pounds, seconds after finishing a piece of fried chicken while waiting to get on the scale. Kharitonov was 264 to
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Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov 2

By: Dan Tom | August 23, 2019 12:05 am MMA Junkie fight analyst Dan Tom breaks down the Bellator’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main event for Bellator 225. Bellator 225 takes place Saturday at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. Matt Mitrione (13-6 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) Staple info: Height: 6’3″ Age: 41