Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won Kongo vs Kharitonov?
Cheick Kongo beat Sergei Kharitonov by submission in the 2nd round, during the main event of Bellator 265, on Friday 20th August 2021 at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Kongo vs Kharitonov stats
Cheick Kongo stepped into the ring with a record of 30 wins, 11 loses and 2 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Sergei Kharitonov made his way to the ring with a record of 30 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, with 20 of those wins by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggested Kharitonov had advantage in power over Kongo, with a 67% knock out percentage over Kongo's 50%.
Cheick Kongo was the older man by 6 years, at 47 years old.
Kongo had 7-inch reach advantage.
Kongo was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 6 more fights, and made his debut in 2001, 9 months later than Kharitonov, whose first professional fight was in 2000. He had fought 50 more professional rounds, 103 to Kharitonov's 53.
Kongo vs Kharitonov form
Kongo had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Timothy Johnson at Bellator 248 on 10th October 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Accor Arena, Paris, France.
Previous to that, he had lost to Ryan Bader at Bellator 226 on 7th September 2019 by split decision in the 1st round in their Bellator Heavyweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 216 on 16th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had beat Timothy Johnson at Bellator 208 on 13th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
He had defeated Javy Ayala at Bellator 199 on 12th May 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at SAP Center, San Jose.
Kongo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.