MMA Betting: Bellator 265 Analysis & Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on August 19, 2021 in

Bellator’s upcoming main event definitely has a lot of attention surrounding it. The main event showcases two veteran fighters looking to maintain on top. 

The main event will feature Cheick Kongo and Sergei Kharitonov. Each one of them has 30 wins apiece, which translates to a ton of experience and could help in any situation. Let’s take a closer look at each fighter and how they arrive into this bout so you can bet against their Bellator odds.

Bellator 265: Kongo vs. Kharitonov Betting Preview

Main Even Breakdown

  • Date: August 20, 2021
  • Venue: Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Time: Main Card at 8:00 PM

Cheick Kongo (30-11-2)

Kongo is coming back to the octagon after losing his previous fight. His most recent loss was a split decision against Timothy Johnson, which also broke his eight-fight winning streak that spanned back to 2015. 

Looking at his fighting resume, it reveals 15 wins by knockout, three by submission, and 12 by decision. By all of this, he shows to be dominant when striking and has the stamina to last every round. 

He has primarily fought among two banners throughout his career. Looking at the most recent eight years, he has been with Bellator but also spending a lot of time as part of the UFC. 

In both instances, he has appeared to be very dominant and found a way to win. He is proof that he can fight against the best, especially in both Bellator and the UFC. 

Sergei Kharitonov (30-7-0)

Kharitonov has a recent win on his resume. Looking at this battle, he was able to send out a first-round knockout strike against Oli Thompson back in November of last year. 

Looking at what he has accomplished, his fighting resume points to 20 wins by knockout, eight by submission, and two by decision. He has been able to land first-round knockouts all day long throughout his career. 

His career has bounced around from one fighting league to another. In recent performances, he has battled in the M-1 Challenge, a handful of Bellator events, and many different fighting clubs. 

Kharitonov has participated in many Bellator events with leading success. He was mainly known for his time with Pride, but he still carries that over today. 

Odds for This Event 

MyBookie’s odds are indicating a Kharitonov win here. For the moneyline, their odds are currently set at:

*odds are subject to changes. 

Free Betting Pick 

Each fighter has a lot of quality wins that make their resumes stand out over the years. They have positive victories against some of the best in the division, which makes it even more valuable to watch them. 

Kharitonov has spent some time boxing lately and won a few events. However, he has not had the same training as Kongo when it comes to grappling, and everything else needed for MMA. 

Overall, Kongo has the better resume and standout victories leading up to this event. This could lead into a TKO of some form and end with it the second round of things happen to go his way. 

Free Pick: Kongo wins via TKO at +105