Cheick Kongo and Sergei Kharitonov comprised the main event of Bellator 265 on Friday. But the more important fight was arguably the South Dakota card’s co-main event. Or well, it was right up until it wasn’t.
The heavyweight headliner promised fireworks, to be certain. But the co-feature saw Jay Jay Wilson and Adam Borics face off in a legitimate featherweight title eliminator. With true number one contender’s fights few and far between in modern MMA, Bellator had bucked the trend and promised the winner of Borics vs. Wilson a title shot.
Just one problem: at Thursday’s official weigh-in, Wilson blew weight. For the third time in his professional career, Wilson was heavy for a fight. This time by 4.4lbs. The bout was cancelled, with Borics paid his show money.
Logan Storley’s fight with promotional newcomer Dante Schiro was promoted to the co-feature slot in its place.
Also on Friday’s card in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, undefeated bantamweight prospect Jornel Lugo faced Keith Lee in a catchweight affair, while local hero Logan Storley returned against newcomer Dante Schiro.
Full results from Bellator 265 can be found below. A live stream of the preliminary card can be viewed above; where available, the Bellator 265 main card live stream can also be found below.
Bellator 265: Kongo vs. Kharitonov Results
Cheick Kongo def. Sergei Kharitonov by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 4:59
Logan Storley def. Dante Schiro by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Marcelo Golm def. Billy Swanson by TKO, Round 1, 4:57
Jornel Lugo def. Keith Lee by technical submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 5:00
Fabio Aguiar def. Taylor Johnson by unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mike Hamel def. Bryce Logan by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Archie Colgan def. Ben Simons by TKO, Round 1, 4:04
Duane Johnson def. Deven Fisher by submission (d’arce choke), Round 1, 1:04
Bailey Schoenfelder def. Kory Moegenburg by TKO (punches), Round 1, 4:11