Russian MMA veteran gets KO’d 16 seconds in his Bellator debut (VIDEO)
With victories over Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, and Andrei Arlovski on his record, the 36-year-old Kharitonov has mixed it with the best during his career, but he looked a shadow of his former self against the US fighter.
The 36-year-old’s debut, which was originally planned for the summer, had been delayed due to a virus he picked up while training in the US, but the ‘Russian Mercenary’ was still expected to overcome Ayala.
Ayala’s devastating overhand right made a mockery of Kharitonov’s prediction that he would make a big impression in the heavyweight division.
The result was the fastest-ever knockout in Bellator history.
“I missed that punch, that happens sometimes. It’s a heavyweight (division), every punch can be decisive. I will learn that lesson and will keep moving,” said Kharitonov after the fight, TASS reported.
“That was a lucky punch,” added the fighter.
Davis’ superior wrestling skills were too much for McGeary to handle in his second defense of the belt he’d won by defeating Emanuel Newton.
Gracie dominated from start to finish and ended the contest after 4:39 with a brutal armbar.
BELLATOR 163 MAIN CARD
Javy Ayala defeated Sergei Kharitonov via KO – R1, 0:16
Neiman Gracie defeated Rudy Bears via submission (armbar) – R1, 4:39
Phil Davis defeated Liam McGeary via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-43) to win the Bellator light heavyweight championship