Bellator 207 results: Sergei Kharitonov knocks out Roy Nelson with brutal onslaught

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Sergei Kharitonov became just the third fighter in MMA to stop Roy Nelson with strikes, courtesy of a brutal first-round flurry at Bellator 207.

The heavyweight bout between Kharitonov (28-6 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Nelson (23-16 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) co-headlined the Paramount-televised main card from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

There was no feeling out process to start the fight. They met in the center of the cage and exchanged punches, both of which landed to the chin. Nelson landed one particularly hard overhand before pushing Kharitonov against the fence as fans chanted “U.S.A.” Nelson went for a takedown, and as Kharitonov defended, he landed three illegal knees to the head of “Big County,” the last of which forced referee Dan Miragliotta to halt the action.

Following the blows, Nelson was down on the canvas in serious pain. Clearly disoriented, Nelson flipped off Kharitonov as he returned to his feet. Kharitonov was deducted one point by referee Dan Miregliotta and was apologetic for his illegal strikes. Nelson recovered, though, and the fight carried on.

Kharitonov stuck Nelson with a jab out of the break, but Nelson fired back with another overhand. Nelson was stepping into the pocket and clubbing Kharitonov with hard punches. Still, Kharitonov was much more cautious and was having a hard time getting out of the way of Nelson’s punches. Nelson shot for another takedown, but he was unable to find success. Kharitonov then landed a hard uppercut and pair of knees that staggered Nelson. It was a big turn in the fight, and Kharitonov gained the confidence to pour it on his opponent. With Nelson on the back-step, Kharitonov teed off with combinations. He landed an uppercut, followed by a knee that dropped Nelson, face-planting into the canvas for the knockout at the 4:59 mark of Round 1.

Up-to-the-minute Bellator 207 results include:

  • Sergei Kharitonov def. Roy Nelson via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 4:59
  • Lorenz Larkin def. Ion Pascu via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Corey Browning def. Kevin Ferguson Jr. via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:08
  • Mandel Nallo def. Carrington Banks via knockout (knee) – Round 2, 0:07
  • Vinicius de Jesus def. Tim Caron via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Janay Harding def. Sinead Kavanagh via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
  • Andre Fialho def. Javier Torres majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Sarah Click def. Kristi Lopez unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Mike Kimbel def. Alex Potts via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:06
  • Alexandra Ballou def. Lisa Blaine via TKO (elbows) – Round 3, 3:28
  • Pat Casey def. Kastriot Xhema via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

For complete coverage of Bellator 207, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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