Bellator 215: Photo Highlights from a Bizarre Night in Connecticut

Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov, Bellator 215
Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov, Credit: Mike McClory/Cageside Press

No one saw the end coming at Bellator 215, with a low blow ending the heavyweight main event early, and leaving fans with plenty of sympathy for Sergei Kharitonov.

It’s hard to call photos of Bellator 215’s main event “highlights” exactly. The image of Sergei Kharitonov laying on the canvas, clutching his nether regions in sheer pain (or perhaps terror as to what might be mangled down below) after a Matt Mitrione kick landed flush on the groin was not a fun image to behold. Yet it put a cap on a bizarre night that saw a fighter dropped on his head (neck bending at a terrifying angle) pull off a win, and a co-main event where a dominant performance by Logan Storley was booed resoundingly.

The main event is what fans will remember, however, Fifteen seconds, and Kharitonov was down, in unimaginable pain.

Check out selected highlights and results below.

Bellator 215 Results:

Main Card

Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov ended in a No Contest (groin kick), Round 1, 0:15
Logan Storley def Ion Pascu by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Eduardo Dantas def. Toby Misech by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
John Douma def. Mike Kimbel by submission (triangle), Round 1, 2:51
Austin Vanderford def. Cody Jones by submission (arm triangle choke), Round 1, 4:49

Preliminary Card

Pat McCrohan def. Jason Markland by TKO, Round 1, 1:11
Lindsey VanZandt def. Tabatha Watkins by TKO, Round 2, 3:25
Amanda Bell def. Amber Leibrock by knockout, Round 1, 3:52
Steve Mowry def. Darrion Abbey by submission (kimura), Round 1, 1:27
Pete Rogers def. Jason Rine by TKO, Round 2, 0:50
Matt Probin def. Ali Zebian by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Zarrukh Adashev def. Ronie Arana Leon by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Billy Goff def. Ryan Hardy by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)