Bellator MMA heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov (30-7) knocks out Matt Mitrione (13-7) in the second round with a right uppercut at Bellator 225 in Bridgeport, CT. Something up with Mitrione's mouthpiece, it fell out of his mouth multiple times. Big win for Kharitonov, who is hunting a title shot against champion Ryan Bader.
Rory MacDonald vs. Douglas Lima is now set for Oct. 26 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, ESPN confirmed with Bellator officials Thursday. Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting the news ahead of the promotion's event this weekend. MacDonald will defend his Bellator welterweight title in the bout and it is also the final of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix. In the semifinals, MacDonald beat Neiman Gracie and Lima knocked out Michael Page to set up a rematch. MacDonald beat Lima to win the Bellator title in January 2018.
Jessica Andrade has made it to China early. She's currently training at the new UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai. Andre Soukhamthath is there, too. The UFC might have to re-route a few flights away from Hong Kong due to the protests, I'm told. But as of right now UFC Shenzhen doesn't seem like it'll have any setbacks due to the political conflict in the region. About 1.7 million people marched Sunday in Hong Kong to protest an extradition bill. Last week, protestors of alleged police brutality sat in at the Hong Kong airport, which affected many flights. A video surfaced online last week showing Chinese military staging in Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong. This is likely to be a developing situation as the UFC event there grows closer.