Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2

Preview and Predictions for Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 by Danny Rourke and Darell Garner 
This weekend the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut will play host to Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2. Local Connecticut standouts Mike Kimble and Nick Newell highlight a stacked undercard on DAZN streaming service that begins at 5:45PM/ET. The Main Card starts at 9PM/ET and will air LIVE on the Paramount Network, as well as DAZN. 
Bellator 225 Main Card Predictions 
Tyrell Fortune (-475) vs. Rudy Schaffroth (+400)
Undefeated Heavyweights Tyrell Fortune (6-0-0) and Rudy Schaffroth (6-0-0)  throw down to kickoff the Main Card. Tyrell Fortune looks to remain perfect inside the Bellator cage against Schaffroth in his seventh promotional appearance. Fortune is coming off back to back knockout victories Ryan Pokryfky and Giovanni Sarran to improve his knockout rate to 66.6%. Rudy Schaffroth’s promotional record is 2-0 and has a 100% finish rate, stopping all six of his previous opponents in the first round. Somebody’s  “0” has got to go? D’Bo is taking Fortune. I am rolling with big Rudy! 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Schaffroth via First Round KO 
D’Bo’s Picks: Fortune via First Round KO
David Rickels (+270) vs. Yaroslav Amosov (-360) 
Veteran Dave Rickels (21-5-0) will be looking to dethrone Yaroslav “Dynamo” Amosov (21-0-0) from the ranks of the unbeaten as they meet in a Catchweight bout at 175 pounds. Coming off of a  TKO stoppage win over A.J. Matthews at Bellator 219 in March “The Caveman” has won two in a row and four out of his last five heading in is bout with impressive Ukrainian prospect,Yaroslav Amosov. Amosov has looked solid in his wins over Erick Silva and Gerald Harris since joining the promotion last year, and can continue to make a name for himself with a win against another tough opponent in David Rickels. I believe this will be an entertaining contest with both fighters having there moments. Rickels is tough as hell, and Dynamo has great wrestling. D’Bo and I are split on the outcome on this one, with the oddsmakers having Amosov as more than a 3-1 favorite. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Rickels via Third Round TKO 
D’Bo’s Picks: Amosov via Second Round TKO
Alejandra Lara (-1000) vs. Taylor Turner (+600)
Former title challenger Alejandra “Azul” Lara (7-3-0) faces Taylor Turner (3-5-0) in a Flyweight contest. Alejandra Lara had a strong showing in promotional debut at Bellator 190 in 2017, defeating Lena Ovychynnikova via Third Round Submission. Lara was submitted by current Bellator Flyweight Champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane in their title fight at Bellator 201, and then lost a Split Decision to Juliana Velasquez at Bellator 212 last December. Taylor Turner burst onto the scene in her debut by stopping Heather Hardy via First Round TKO at Madison Square Garden at Bellator 222 just two months ago. Turner has finished her last two opponents by First Round TKO. Lara is the prohibitive favorite, but this fight could wind up being closer than the odds indicate. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Lara via Decision 
D’Bo’s Picks: Lara via First Round Submission 
Vitaly Minakov (-500) vs. Javy Ayala (+420)
Vitaly Minakov (21-1-0) meets Javy “Eye Candy” Ayala (11-7-0) in a Heavyweight contest. Minakov is coming off the first loss of his professional career, losing to Cheick Kongo by Unanimous Decision at Bellator 216 in February. The loss dampened Vitaly Minakov’s return to Bellator cage after spending the last five years competing in Russia.  After back to back losses to Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo, Javy Ayala was able to bounce back last December at Bellator 212 with his biggest win to date, a Second Round TKO finish over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir. Eye Candy Ayala is definitely dangerous, but I’m gonna go with Vitaly Minakov to get the win here. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Minakov via Second Round   KO 
D’Bo’s Picks: Minakov via First Round TKO 
Matt Mitrione (-115) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (-115)
Heavyweight veterans Matt Mitrione (13-6-0,1NC) and Sergei Kharitonov (28-6-0,2NC) get another crack at it in the Bellator 225 Main Event. The Heavyweight pair met six months ago at Bellator 215, but an inadvertent strike to the groin in the First Round by Mitrione resulted in the fight being ruled a No Contest. Mitrione looked to get be getting the better of it in the first minute or so in the first contest,but the oddsmakers still see this one as a coin flip. Sergei Kharitonov is 5-0 and has not lost in his last seven out appearances, however two of his last three fights were  ruled a No Contest (Groin strike, eye poke). “The Meathead” Matt Mitrione lost to Ryan Bader by Unanimous Decision in the Heavyweight World Grand Prix back in October 2018 that put an end to his four fight win streak inside the Bellator cage. Both fighters are still competing at a high level at this stage in their careers, and it should be interesting to see who gets the best of of his each other to potentially position themselves in line for the next shot at the Heavyweight title. 
Danny’s Crystal Ball Prediction

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: Kharitonov via Second Round KO
D’Bo’s Picks: Mitrione via First Round KO 
Bellator MMA returns in two weeks to the SAP Center in San Jose, California for Bellator 226: Bader vs. Kongo. Share your thoughts and picks with us in the Comments section below and enjoy the fights!! 

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