Bellator 225 featured a stacked undercard featuring the promotional debut of Nick Newell, plus appearances by Tim Johnson, Mike Kimbel, Khonry Gracie, Austin Vanderford and more!
Bellator MMA was back in action, back in Connecticut, and back to pairing up Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov on Saturday night. Let’s hope Bellator 225 goes better than their first encounter, which ended with a Mitrione low blow, and Kharitonov writhing in pain on the ground. Just seconds into the fight.
Main event aside, big things were brewing at Bellator 225 on Saturday night. Four heavyweight bouts, including names like Tim Johnson, Vitaly Minakov, Tyrell Fortune, and of course the main event. A stacked preliminary card. The promotional debut of Nick Newell. The return of Austin Vanderford.
One fight day change did occur, as Tim Johnson was pulled from the prelims to replace Javy Ayala in the co-main event against former champion Vitaly Minakov. As a result, Azunna Anyanwu, Johnson’s original opponent, was removed from the card and will be scheduled for a later date.
Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 – Live Tonight on Paramount & DAZN
Check below for full results from the preliminary portion of event! The prelims kick off at 5:45 PM ET! The Bellator 225 live stream featuring all the prelim action is also available above.
Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 Preliminary Card Results
Welterweight Bout: Khonry Gracie def. Oscar Veraby submission (arm-bar), Round 1, 2:50
165-Pound Catchweight Bout: Aviv Gozali def. Eduard Muravitskiy by submission (heel hook), Round 1, 0:11
Welterweight Bout: Sabah Homasi def. Micah Terrill by knockout, Round 1, 0:17
Middleweight Bout: Austin Vanderford def. Joseph Creer by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 2, 5:00
Bantamweight Bout: Ricky Bandejas def. Ahmet Kayretli by knockout, Round 1, 1:21
140-Pound Preliminary Bout: Chris Disonell def. Mike Kimbel by TKO, Round 1, 4:54
Lightweight Bout: Nick Newell def. Corey Browning by submission (arm triangle choke), Round 1, 3:15
165-Pound Preliminary Bout: Connor Dixon def. Kastriot Xhema by submission (arm-bar), Round 3, 2:08
175-Pound Preliminary Bout: Jon Manley def. Thiago Rela by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 3, 4:47