Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 will be broadcast live, Saturday, August 24, on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT and simulcast on DAZN, while preliminary bouts will stream on Bellator.com, DAZN and globally on the Bellator Mobile App beginning at 5:45 pm EST/2:45 pm PST. The event takes place at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
In the main event, a rematch between heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov. The first fight took place earlier this year and resulted in the contest being stopped early due to an accidental low blow to Kharitonov. Tonight, the tale would tell a different story as it was Kharitonov who pulls off the victory in the second frame.
There was also a late minute switch to the card as Javy Ayala was pulled from his co-main event with Vitaly Minakov due to a medical reason, Bellator officials told MyMMANews.com. With the change, Tim Johnson — who was scheduled to face Zu Anyanwu — will now face Minakov in the co-main event. Anyanwu will not compete.
Bellator 225 results below:
Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 Main Card:
Heavyweight Main Event: defeated Matt Mitrione via second-round TKO (1:24)
Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Vitaly Minakov defeated Tim Johnson via first-round KO (1:45)
Bantamweight Feature Bout: Alejandra Lara defeated Taylor Turner via first-round TKO (3:44)
175-Pound Catchweight Feature Bout: Yaroslav Amosov defeated David Rickels via submission (d’arce choke) (R2, 4:05)
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Tyrell Fortune defeated Rudy Schaffroth via submission (rear-naked choke) (R3, 4:47)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Khonry Gracie defeated Oscar Vera via submission (armbar) (R1, 2:50)
165-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Aviv Gozali defeated Eduard Muravitskiy via submission (heel hook) (R1, 0:11)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Sabah Homasi defeated Micah Terrill via first-round KO (0:17)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Austin Vanderford defeated Joseph Creer via TKO (doctor stoppage) (R2, 5:00)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Ricky Bandejas defeated Ahmet Kayretli via KO (punch) (R1, 1:21)
140-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Chris Disonell defeated Mike Kimbel via TKO (punches) (R1, 4:54)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nick Newell defeated Corey Browning via submission (arm-triangle choke) (R1, 3:15)
165-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Connor Dixon defeated Kastriot Xhema via submission (armbar) (R3, 2:08)
175-Pound Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jon Manley defeated Thiago Rela via submission (rear-naked choke) (R3, 4:47)