Roy Nelson vs. Sergei Kharitonov set for Bellator 207 co-main event

Bellator’s return to Connecticut in October has some more heavyweight firepower headed to the top of the lineup.

A heavyweight bout between Sergei Kharitonov (27-6 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Roy Nelson (23-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) has been finalized for the Bellator 207 co-main event, a promotion official told MMAjunkie. The booking has not yet been formally announced by the promotion.

Bellator 207 takes place Oct. 12 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card will air and stream live on Paramount and DAZN, respectively, with prelims on MMAjunkie. The card is headlined by a heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout between Matt Mitrione and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader.

Nelson will fight for Bellator for the third time. He made his promotional debut at Bellator 183 after a lengthy run in the UFC and took a decision from Ayala. But in February at Bellator 194, he dropped a majority decision to Mitrione in the opening round of the heavyweight tournament. He has alternated wins and losses his past six fights.

Kharitonov will be back in Bellator after four fights outside the promotion, where he went 3-0 in China and Russia. The former PRIDE standout made his promotional debut at Bellator 163 in November 2016, but suffered a massive upset loss to Javy Ayala, who delivered a stunning 16-second knockout.

Kharitonov rebounded in March 2017 with a first-round knockout of Chase Gormley at Bellator 175, then won fights under the M-1 Challenge banner against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Geronimo dos Santos. In February, he took a decision from Joey Beltran at a Russian Cagefighting Championship event.

The latest Bellator 207 lineup includes:

  • Matt Mitrione vs. Ryan Bader – heavyweight grand prix semifinal
  • Sergei Kharitonov vs. Roy Nelson
  • Mike Kimbel vs. Alex Potts

For more on the upcoming Bellator schedule, visit the MMA rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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