Wow- Saturday night, two big heavyweights will clash in the main event of Bellator-265 when Cheick Kongo battles Sergei Kharitonov. The action goes down from inside Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and airs live on Showtime.
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Kharitonov continues to player at 41 years old, having piled up a 13-2 record since the start of 2012. That includes a two-fight winning streak since the last time he set foot in a Bellator cage.
Kharitonov has been a player on the world stage since debuting for Pride FC in 2003. He holds career victories over many MMA greats, including Murilo Ninja Rua.
Odds-card for 265
Sergei Kharitonov -130 Cheick Kongo +110 Heavyweight
Logan Storley -2500 Dante Schiro +1200 Welterweight
Marcelo Golm Billy Swanson Heavyweight
Jornel Lugo -165 Keith Lee +140 Featherweight
Bellartro-265 Watch Info
Date : Aug.20 Time: 9 p.m. ET
Locations: Sanford Pentagon: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Live TV: Showtime | Stream: Showtime
UFC Fight Night predictions — Jared Cannonier vs. Kelvin Gastelum: Fight card, odds, start time, live stream
A major middleweight clash headlines the action from UFC Apex in Las Vegas
A pivotal fight in the welterweight division will take place on Saturday night when Jared Cannonier and Kelvin Gastelum face off in the main event of UFC Fight Night. The fight keeps the winner on the fringes of title contention while the loser will face a very long road back to discussions of a shot at the belt.
Both Cannonier and Gastelum are coming off losses in their most recent fights, both dropping decisions to Robert Whittaker. Cannonier’s loss to Whittaker came in October 2020 in a fight that was pitched as a No. 1 contender fight to face middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. The loss snapped an impressive three-fight winning streak in which all three wins came by TKO. The streak also started after Cannonier dropped to the middleweight division after stints at both heavyweight and light heavyweight.
Gastelum was arguably Adesanya’s toughest opponent at middleweight, taking Adesanya to a five-round decision in a battle for the interim title in one of the best fights of 2019. Despite being competitive against the best middleweight on the planet, the loss sparked a downswing for Gastelum as he is now just 1-4 in his five most recent outings, including the decision loss to Whittaker in his most recent fight.
UFC Fight Night watching Info
LIVE: ESPN | STREAM: FUBO TV.
Now Prediction :
Kongo is always a difficult fighter to figure out. At times, he’s a knockout artist. Other times, he’s a grinder who uses a basic wrestling game to grind and control opponents. Two of Kongo’s three losses in the Bellator cage are by split decision, giving some insight into the difficulty of fighting him. Kharitonov is a finisher, with just two decisions in his 32 career victories. Kongo has 11 career losses but has only been finished four times. This all adds up to Kongo being able to grind his way to a decision victory.