Join us today (Saturday, August 24th) on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring and play-by-play (for the main card) as Bellator 225 Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 takes off from the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
The marquee matchup on the night will entail two of Bellator’s most notable heavyweights when Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov run it back one more time. Their first fight, back at Bellator 215, ended in an anticlimactic 15-second cup kick no contest. Before that in the co-main event, Bellator’s former heavyweight champ was supposed to face Javy Ayala, but will now square up with UFC veteran Timothy Johnson. This super-short notice matchup is just as good, if not better, than the one it’s replacing.
Today’s event is in North America, and the five-fight main card, for which play-by-play will be provided, kicks off at 9pm ET on the Paramount Network and will simulcast on DAZN,. The preliminary card is scheduled to start at 5:45pm ET and will stream online.
Paramount main card: 9:00 PM ET
- Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov: Heavyweight
left cross connects for Mitrione. Then a teep to the gut scores. Kharitonov blocks a head kick. Inside leg kick to teep score for Mitrione. Jab to the midsection for Kharitonov. Then a jab to the face. And another. Kharitonov checks an inside leg kicks. Three-piece misses for Mitrione but a leg kick gets through. Lead uppercut gets through for Mitrione. Jab for Kharitonov. Mitrione misses with a head kick. Jab to the body for the Russian. Cross hits for Mitrione and Kharitonov misses an uppercut. Left hook clubs for Kharitonov but Mitrione wears it well. A set of crosses hit for Mitrione. Overhand right knocks the mouthpiece out of Mitrione’s mouth. The ref puts it back in. A set of right hands connect for Kharitonov. Cross then hook scores for Mitrione. Kharitonov knocks the mouthpiece out again, and this time the referee threatens Mitrione with a point deduction.
Head kick is blocked by Kharitonov. Jab scores for Kharitonov but Mitrione lands three quick but low-powered punches. A set of right hands hit for Kharitonov. Big knee to the gut gets through for the American. Kharitonov starts to land with the right hand. He knocks out the mouthpiece again. He then lands his signature uppercut followed by a knee that drops Mitrione. Kharitonov is going for the finish with ground strikes. This one is over.
Sergei Kharitonov def. Matt Mitrione by TKO at 1:24 of round 2: Heavyweight
- Vitaly Minakov vs. Timothy Johnson: Heavyweight
Right cross lands for Minakov and Johnson moves his head out of the way of the followup punch. Johnson misses with the uppercut. Another right hand hits home for Minakov followed by a takedown. Johnson is up quickly but gets suplexed. Johnson works his way back to his feet. Johnson misses with the lead hooks and eats a right. Teep to right hand wobbles Johnson. Minakov goes in for the kill. Minakov blasts Johnson with another right hand that slumps him. A right to left combo landed on an already unconscious Johnson. Yikes!
-Vitaly Minakov def. Timothy Johnson by KO at 1:45 of round 1: Heavyweight
- Alejandra Lara vs. Taylor Turner: (W) Bantamweight
Big right hand from Lara opens the match. Lara hits a clinch takedown into full guard. She briefly stands up and Turner tries to grab a leg. Lara dives in with a punch. Turner stands up but her back is to the fence. Lara gets another takedown, but this time in half guard. Short elbows score from the top. Turner works her way to full guard and Lara stands up. She dives in again with a big punch and starts opening up. Lara takes full mount and drops an elbow. Turner gives up the back and Lara starts dropping hammers. Turner isn’t improving her position. The strikes are still coming. The referee calls it off.
-Alejandra Lara def. Taylor Turner by TKO at 3:44 of round 1: (W) Bantamweight
- David Rickels vs. Yaroslav Amosov: 175-pounds
Body kick from Rickels opens the bout. Amosov responds with a four-punch combo. Amosov throws another multi and finishes with a kick. Rickels gives up the takedown. A couple of softening punches drop down for Amosov. Rickels punches from his back and eats a big body shot. Rickels boxes the ears and Amosov postures up and cracks his opponent. A thudding elbow is dropped by Amosov. He then triples up on the bows. Rickels stands up but gets scooped and taken right back down. Rickels finally gets up and free with ten-seconds left.
Head kick misses for Rickels. Jab snaps back the head of Rickels. Amosov gets a head kick blocked. Amosov closes the distance and eats a few elbows along the way, but secures the takedown in the center of the cage. Rickels opts to strike off of his back. A left lands for Amosov before he attempts a guard pass. Rickels maintains his full guard. Body shot to head shot scores for Amosov. He moves to half guard momentarily, but Rickels regains the full guard. A big bow scores for Amosov. While passing, Amosov works for a D’arce attempt. Rickels taps! Amosov is the first person to sub David Rickels!
-Yaroslav Amosov def. David Rickels by submission (D’arce) at 4:05 of round 2: 175-pounds
- Tyrell Fortune vs. Rudy Schaffroth: Heavyweight
Schaffroth presses forward and lands a body kick. Fortune backs away giving his opponent space. A set of right hands land clean for Fortune. Schaffroth stuffs the first takedown attempt of Fortune. Schaffroth misses with a three punch combo and then presses forward behind feints. Heavy inside leg kick scores for Ruth, and then again. Another leg kick trips Schaffroth but he stands up quickly. Right hand to the body misses for Schaffroth. Another inside leg kick lands for Fortune. He then clinches up but eats a flurry on the inside. A par of right hands miss for Schaffroth.
They meet in the middle and both miss a two-piece. Schaffroth is plodding forward and lands a leg kick. He then goes high with the leg and Fortune partially blocks it. Right hand lands for Fortune to the top of Schaffroth’s head. Right cross misses for Fortune. Then, Fortune clocks Schaffroth with a right hand that hurts him. Ruth pounces and takes top position. He’s dropping down punishment and takes the back. The RNC is sunk. Schaffroth taps!
-Tyrell Fortune def. Rudy Schaffroth by submission (RNC) at 2:08 of round 2: Heavyweight
Online prelims: 5:45 PM ET
- Nick Newell def. Corey Browning by submission (Arm Triangle) at 3:15 of round 1: Lightweight
- Connor Dixon def. Kastriot Xhema by submission at 2:08 of round 3: 165-pounds
- Jon Manley def. Thiago Rela by submission (RNC) at 4:47 of round 3: 175-pounds
- Chris Disonell def. Mike Kimbel by TKO at 4:54 of round 1: 140-pounds
- Ricky Bandejas def. Ahmet Kayretli by KO at 1:21 of round 1: Bantamweight
- Austin Vanderford def. Joseph Creer by TKO (Cut) at 5:00 of round 2: Middleweight
- Sabah Homasi def. Micah Terrill by KO at :17 of round 1: Welterweight
- Aviv Gozali def. Eduard Muravitskiy by submission (Heel Hook) at :11 of round 1: 165-pounds
- Khonry Gracie def. Oscar Vera by submission (Armbar) at 2:50 of round 1: Welterweight