Heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Sergei Kharitonov To Headline Bellator 265

Veteran heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Sergei Kharitonov are set to headline Bellator’s August 20th event from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.

The matchup was confirmed by Bellator via press release on Tuesday.

The fight sees Kharitonov get his return in Bellator after over a year outside of the promotion.

He fought twice in MMA last year, earning wins on the regional scene of the sport.

Kharitonov has had two previous stints in Bellator. His most recent one spanned from 2018 to 2019, where he earned a pair of wins and one loss.

Kongo will be coming back after getting a long winless streak broken in 2020. The 46-year-old vet took his first loss since 2015 late last year, losing a split decision to Timothy Johnson at Bellator 248.

Kongo had an eight-fight win streak in Bellator that lead him to a title shot in 2019. That fight against current champ Ryan Bader concluded within a round with a no contest due to an accidental eye poke.

Undefeated Wilson Matched Against Borics

Featherweight prospect Jay Jay Wilson will get the biggest test of his pro career thus far when facing Adam Borics in August.

Wilson has scored eight wins since turning pro in 2018. That includes seven appearances in Bellator with only one of those fights going the distance.

He last fought in April, stopping Pedro Carvalho in the second round with strikes. He now faces Borics, who only has one loss through 18 pro bouts.

Borics has fought exclusively in Bellator since 2017, attaining eight wins through nine fights. His sole loss came against former Bellator Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldwell in 2020.

He’s currently on a three-fight winning streak that includes a recent win over former UFC fighter Jeremy Kennedy.

Updated Lineup

Three fights have been confirmed for Bellator 265 thus far. The location for the event plus a flyweight bout between Alejandra Lara and DeAnna Bennett was reported earlier today in the Bellator Roundup.

Here’s the lineup:

Bout 3: Cheick Kongo (30-11-2) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (32-8) (Heavyweight)

Bout 2: Adam Borics (17-1) vs. Jay Jay Wilson (8-0) (Featherweight)

Bout 1: Alejandra Lara (9-4) vs. DeAnna Bennett (10-7-1) (Flyweight)

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