Sergei Kharitonov was able to take advantage of a mentally distracted Matt Mitrione during their Bellator 225 main event.
In the first round, Mitrione's mouthpiece fell out several times. Mitrione could be heard in the corner saying he was using a new mouthpiece, and his original was in his bag. Mitrione's mouthpiece again fell out in the second round, but before it could be retrieved, Kharitonov put Mitrione away with a big knee and punches.
The defeat marks Mitrione's second-ever under the Bellator banner aside from his bout with Ryan Bader in the Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament.
PRIDE's legendary paratrooper, Sergei Kharitonov (30-7, 2 NC), is now unbeaten in 8 straight bouts, repeatedly bobbling Matt Mitrione's mouthpiece en route to a brutal, second-round salvo! The 39-year-old has stopped 28, 19 by knockout. And #Bellator225 ends with all finishes. pic.twitter.com/Yf7O9bOwLB— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) August 25, 2019