Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 will be taking place at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut on the 24th of August, 2019.
Bellator 225 will feature a rematch between heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov. The two fighters initially met at Bellator 215 when the fight ended in a no contest within 15 seconds due to an accidental groin strike from Mitrione that left Kharitonov unable to continue.
Matt Mitrione signed with Bellator MMA on March 14, 2016 and made his promotional debut against Carl Seumanutafa at Bellator 157. Mitrione won his debut fight after knocking out Seumanutafa via first-round knockout.
At Bellator 158, Mitrione defeated Oli Thompson in a back-and-forth fight to earn his second win for the promotion. At Bellator NYC, Mitrione defeated Fedor Emelianenko via first-round knockout.
At Bellator 194, Mitrione had a rematch with Roy Nelson in the quarterfinals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament and eventually won the fight and avenged his previous loss to Nelson in the process.
At Bellator 207, Mitrione suffered his first promotional loss when he was defeated by Ryan Bader via unanimous decision.
At Bellator 215, Mitrione and Kharitonov had their first meeting in Bellator, in a fight which ended in a very controversial manner.
Sergei Kharitonov signed with Bellator MMA on 3rd February, 2016 and made his debut for the promotion at Bellator 163 in a loss against Javy Ayala.
At Bellator 175, Kharitonov won his first fight for Bellator when he defeated Chase Gormley via first-round knockout.
At Bellator 207, Kharitonov defeated Roy Nelson in the co-main event of the show after knocking out Nelson via first-round knockout.
Following his win over Nelson, Kharitonov signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator and featured in the main event of Bellator 215 against Matt Mitrione. The fight, however, ended in an unfortunate manner, as Kharitonov was unable to continue after a kick to the groin by Mitrione.
At Bellator 225, Kharitonov defeated Mitrione in an immediate rematch after knocking him out via second-round TKO.
|Weight Class||Fighter 1||vs||Fighter 2|
|Heavyweight||Matt Mitrione||vs||Sergei Kharitonov|
|Heavyweight||Vitaly Minakov||vs||Javy Ayala|
|Women's Flyweight||Alejandra Lara||vs||Taylor Turner|
|Heavyweight||Tyrell Fortune||vs||Rudy Schaffroth|
|Welterweight||David Rickels||vs||Yaroslav Amosov|
|Welterweight||Kastriot Xhema||vs||Rodolfo Rocha|
|Lightweight||Nick Newell||vs||Corey Browning|
|Middleweight||Austin Vanderford||vs||Joseph Creer|
|Welterweight||Sabah Homasi||vs||Micah Terrill|
|Catchweight (140 lbs)||Michael Kimbel||vs||Chris Disonell|
|Light Heavyweight||Grant Neal||vs||Alpha Toure|
|Welterweight||Khronry Gracie||vs||Oscar Vera|
|Bantamweight||Ricky Bandejas||vs||Ahmet Kayretli|
|Heavyweight||Timothy Johnson||vs||Azunna Anyanwu|
|Catchweight (165 lbs)||Aviv Gozali||vs||Eduard Muravitsky|
|Catchweight (175 lbs)||Jon Manley||vs||Thiago Rela|
Bellator 225 will be followed up by Bellator 226 and will be headlined by Ryan Bader and Cheick Kongo in a Heavyweight World Title fight. Bellator 226 will also feature fice Featherweight Tournament First Round bouts. Bellator 226 takes place on the 7th of September, 2019 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.