Cheick Kongo faucets Sergei Kharitonov after mayhem

Cheick Kongo has a knack for comebacks, and he confirmed that Friday.

Within the Bellator 265 foremost occasion, Kongo submitted veteran Russian heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov at 4:59 of  what changed into a wild second spherical.

The occasion came about at Sanford Pentagon. The primary card aired on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.

Coming into Spherical 2, issues didn’t look nice for Kongo. All through the primary spherical, he was stalked, jabbed, and even poked within the eye with an errant toe on a kick. Nonetheless, halfway by means of Spherical 2, Kongo (31-11-2 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) flipped the script and harm Kharitonov (32-9 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) with a collection of punches.

Together with his opponent in opposition to the cage and seemingly nonetheless shocked, Kongo elected to shoot for a takedown, which he efficiently secured. The fighters crashed to the canvas with a heavy thud.

As soon as on the mat, Kongo labored to mount and Kharitonov rolled, which uncovered his neck. Because the clock winded down, Kongo snuck in a rear-naked choke try. The faucet got here with one second left in Spherical 2.

Kongo, 46, returns to the win column after a break up resolution loss to Tim Johnson in October 2020. The victory is his first since February 2019, however his ninth in his most up-to-date 11 makes an attempt.

As for Kharitonov, the 41-year-old had a two-fight successful streak snapped. It’s solely the second loss he’s suffered since November 2016 and the primary by submission since September 2011.

Full Bellator 265 outcomes embody:

  • Cheick Kongo def. Sergei Kharitonov by way of submission (rear-naked choke) – Spherical 2, 4:59
  • Logan Storley def. Dante Schiro by way of break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Marcelo Golm def. Billy Swanson by way of TKO (strikes) – Spherical 1, 4:57
  • Jornel Lugo def. Keith Lee by way of technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Spherical 1, 5:00


  • Fabio Aguiar def. Taylor Johnson by way of break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Mike Hamel def. Bryce Logan by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Archie Colgan def. Ben Simons by way of TKO (strikes) – Spherical 1, 4:04
  • Duane Johnson def. Deven Fisher by way of submission (D’Arce choke) – Spherical 1, 1:04
  • Bailey Schoenfelder def. Kory Moegenburg by way of TKO (punches) – Spherical 1, 4:11

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