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Bellator hosted its latest oversees event Thursday with Bellator 234, which aired Friday via tape delay on Paramount from Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. An upset occurred in the heavyweight headliner of the card when Linton Vassell (19-8 MMA, 8-5 BMMA) stopped Sergei Kharitonov’s (29-7 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) unbeaten streak with a second-round TKO for his first win in the weight class since moving up from light heavyweight. For more on the numbers...

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The singular excitement of MMA is the suddenness of its conclusions. A specific excitement of MMA fandom is unearthing a new, noteworthy talent. Anyone watching Bellator 225 in August got a dose of both during the prelims when Aviv Gozali, an 18-year-old Israeli, broke a promotion record with an 11-second submission victory. The move came in a flash but was years in the making for a young man who has been connected to the martial...

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The Bellator cage lands in Tel Aviv, Israel for Bellator 234, with a pivotal heavyweight bout headlining the card, a returning veteran in search of a much-needed victory, and an Israeli father-son combination looking to follow in the footsteps of Bellator’s McKee family by securing a double celebration on fight night. Here are our five burning questions ahead of Bellator 234: Can ‘The Paratrooper’ drop himself into a title fight? Sergei Kharitonov may be as...

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Aviv Gozali isn’t satisfied with simply having the quickest submission in Bellator history under his belt. Gozali (3-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) predicts his opponent, Zaka Fatullazade (14-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), will fall victim to the quickest knockout in Bellator history at Bellator 234 on Thursday. “I’m going to do like (Jorge) Masvidal did,” Gozali told MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “I’m going to run with a flying knee. I want to take all the records in...

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Bellator 234: “Kharitonov vs. Vassell” takes place Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel and airs on tape delay Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET via Paramount Network. A Heavyweight main event will see “Paratrooper” Sergei Kharitonov (29-6, 2 NC) look to impose his will against “The Swarm” Linton Vassell (18-8, 1 NC). Kharitonov has not lost a fight dating back to the end of March 2017, though two no...

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Event: Bellator 234: “Kharitonov vs. Vassell”Date: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019 (tape delay) via Paramount Network and DAZNLocation: Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel Bellator 234 Main Event: 265 lbs.: Sergei Kharitonov (30-7, 2 NC) vs. Linton Vassell (19-8, 1 NC) Bellator 234 Main Card (9 p.m. ET): 155 lbs.: Roger Huerta (24-11-1, 1 NC) vs. Sidney Outlaw (13-3)155 lbs.: Aviv Gozali (3-0) vs. Zaka Fatullazade (14-8)170 lbs.: Haim Gozali (11-6) vs. Artur Pronin (16-3)185...