NO. 3 RANKED HEAVYWEIGHT CHEICK KONGO SET TO RUMBLE WITH SERGEI KHARITONOV IN MAIN EVENT OF BELLATOR MMA 265 ON AUGUST 20 AT SANFORD PENTAGON IN SIOUX FALLS, SD
ADAM BORICS AND JAY-JAY WILSON WILL ALSO MEET AT FEATHERWEIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO CLAIM NUMBER ONE CONTENDER STATUS
LOS ANGELES – BELLATOR MMA has confirmed the full fight card for the BELLATOR MMA 265: Kongo vs Kharitonov event taking place at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD and set to air live on SHOWTIME this Friday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
With over 60 professional victories between the No. 3 ranked heavyweight Cheick Kongo (30-11) and Sergei Kharitonov (32-8), the BELLATOR 265 main event is a true clash of legends with major ramifications on the heavyweight title picture. Additionally, a number one contender fight pitting No. 3 ranked featherweight Adam Borics (17-1) against the undefeated No. 5 ranked featherweight Jay-Jay Wilson (8-0) and the hometown kid, No. 7 ranked Logan Storley (11-1) takes on Dante Schiro (8-2) in welterweight action.
Rounding out the SHOWTIME-televised main card, Marcelo Golm (8-3) makes his BELLATOR debut against submission specialist Kelvin Tiller (11-5) and undefeated No. 8 ranked bantamweight Jornel Lugo (6-0) squares up against “Killa” Keith Lee (7-4).
The preliminary card is set for seven must-watch bouts, highlighted by a middleweight banger between KO-specialists Taylor “Tombstone” Johnson (7-2) and Fabio Aguiar (17-2) as well as Mike Hamel (7-5) taking on Bryce Logan (12-5) in a 185-pound battle.
The card has also confirmed top featherweights No. 3 Adam Borics (17-1) and No. 4 Jay-Jay Wilson (8-0) will meet for the right to face the winner of the BELLATOR Featherweight World Grand Prix Final between Patricio “Pitbull” (32-4) and AJ McKee (17-0), which takes place on Saturday, July 31.
Tickets for the event go on sale this Thursday at 10 a.m. CT and are available at Sanford Pentagon Box Office & Ticketmaster.
The preliminary portion of BELLATOR MMA 265: Kongo vs. Kharitonov currently features a flyweight bout pitting No.5-ranked Alejandra Lara (9-4) against DeAnna Bennett (10-7-1) and will begin at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT and stream live on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Pluto TV. Additional preliminary bouts will be announced in the near future.
Holding an impressive MMA record of 30-11-2, 1 NC, No. 3-ranked Cheick Kongo returns to action for the first time since headlining the first-ever major MMA event in his native France last October. The former kickboxer remains a force to be reckoned with and holds records for the most fights (16) and wins (12) in BELLATOR heavyweight history. With high-profile victories over Vitaly Minakov, Mirko Cro Cop, Antoni Hardonk, and Matt Mitrione, the Parisian is keen to pad his current promotional records, set new ones, and earn his shot at BELLATOR gold.
The man nicknamed “The Paratrooper,” Kharitonov is the owner of an equally notable MMA resume, with the Russian scoring vicious wins against some of the sport’s marquee names, such as Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, Pedro Rizzo, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, Matt Mitrione, and Alistair Overeem. Now, fresh off two championship victories on the regional circuit, Kharitonov returns to the BELLATOR cage with the intention of climbing the heavyweight rankings and asserting himself as a BELLATOR title contender.
28-year-old Hungarian Adam “The Kid” Borics has won 17 of 18 fights to begin his professional career, bouncing back from his only loss with three straight victories. Training out of South Florida’s Sanford MMA gym, Borics has firmly established himself as a true threat to anyone in the 145-pound division, where he is currently ranked third.
Undefeated in his first eight fights as a professional, New Zealand’s Wilson has won in style, accumulating six finishes in those eight wins. Following a split decision win against Tywan Claxton, Wilson scored a violent knockout of Sergio DeBari, then followed that victory up with an equally vicious spinning backfist stoppage over SBG’s Pedro Carvalho in April. The Kiwi fighter will be looking to secure a high-stakes victory over Borics with a world title shot awaiting the winner.
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BELLATOR MMA 265: Kongo vs. Kharitonov Main Card:
Friday, August 20 – live on SHOWTIME
9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Heavyweight Bout: #3-Cheick Kongo (30-11-2, 1 NC) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (32-8, 2 NC)
Featherweight Bout: #3-Adam Borics (17-1) vs. #5-Jay-Jay Wilson (8-0)
Welterweight Bout: #5-Logan Storley (11-1) vs. Dante Schiro (8-2)
Heavyweight Bout: Marcelo Golm (8-3) vs. Kelvin Tiller (11-5)
140-Pound Contract Weight Bout: Jornel Lugo (6-0) vs. Keith Lee (7-4)
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6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
Middleweight Bout: Taylor Johnson (7-2) vs. Fabio Aguiar (17-2)
Lightweight Bout: Mike Hamel (7-5) vs. Bryce Logan (12-5)
Welterweight Bout: Archie Colgan (2-0) vs. Ben Simons (3-2)
Middleweight Bout: Duane Johnson (5-2) vs. Deven Fisher (4-8)
Heavyweight Bout: Bailey Schoenfelder (1-0) vs. Kevin Childs (1-1)
Middleweight Bout: Jeff Nielsen (pro debut) vs. Kory Moegenburg (1-2)