Last night’s Bellator 163 boasted a lot of good, intriguing matchups, not the least of which was the return of fearsome Russian striker Sergei Kharitonov.
In case you forgot, Kharitonov was one of those PRIDE FC dudes who you could always count on for some brutal kickboxing and even more brutal bout-endings. Heck, he once wrecked Alistair Overeem, and took out Fabricio Werdum.
He has, of course, gotten older as the years have passed, but his return to action last night in the Bellator cage was supposed to be a softball, with his opponent some ham-and-egger named Javy Ayala. Kharitonov was supposed to shrug off Ayala’s feeble takedown attempts and then knock him out.
Well, Kharitonov shrugged off the first one… and then Ayala put him to sleep with an overhand right 16 seconds into the first round.
Stick a fork in our boy Sergei. He’s done.
Results: Javy Ayala def. Sergei Kharitonov via KO (Punch) at :16, R1