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Sergei Kharitonov believes next fight will be Roy Nelson

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Bellator fighter Sergei Kharitonov spoke in an interview with Russian sports journalist and editor of, Yaroslav Stepanov on Tuesday. In the interview, he claimed that he is “very sure” that in his next Bellator MMA appearance he will take on UFC-veteran, and Bellator MMA’s newest acquisition; Roy “Big Country” Nelson.

Sergei Kharitonov believes next fight will be Roy Nelson

Kharitonov also believes that the promotion signed Nelson specifically to fight Kharitonov.

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Kharitonov (25-6) is riding a 2-fight win streak following a rough Bellator MMA debut against Javy Ayala. Since then he KO’d Chase Gormley in the Bellator cage, and just this past weekend at M-1 Challenge 80 he faced fellow veteran Sokoudjou, knocking him out in under a minute.

Nelson (22-14) has only won three of his last ten bouts, all of which took place under the UFC banner. In early 2016 he halted a three-fight losing streak by defeating Jared Rosholt via decision. Since then, he has exchanged wins and losses, losing to Derrick Lewis in July of last year, then defeating Antonio Silva via TKO two months later, only to lose a one-sided unanimous decision to former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov at UFC on FOX 24 in April of this year.

This was one of the fights fans wanted most after it was confirmed that “Big Country” had signed with Bellator MMA, and it looks like we very well may see it.

Let’s see if we get official confirmation in the coming weeks!

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