Heavyweight veterans Cheick Kongo and Sergei Kharitonov will face off in the main event during the upcoming Bellator 265 map scheduled for August 20 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Promotion officials confirmed the pairing with MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
Competing for the first time in 2021, Kongo, 46, will return to action after falling to Tim Johnson in a heavyweight title eliminator last October. Prior to this setback, Kongo had set an 8-0 record with a no contest after being unable to continue his fight against Ryan Bader in 2019 due to an accidental glance.
Now, the French heavyweight will look to return to the winning column while facing another veteran at Kharitonov, who will return to the Bellator for the first time in nearly two years.
Kharitonov has fought in promotions such as PRIDE Fighting Championships, DREAM and Strikefoce before – and now he will be looking for his third straight overall win when he faces Kongo in August. The Russian heavyweight finished his last two fights with a knockout after falling to Linton Vassell in his last Bellator appearance in 2019.
Featherweight Adam Borics and Jay Jay Wilson will also face each other in a fight that will determine a new title contender at 145 pounds. The winner of the Borics vs. Wilson bout will then face the winner of the upcoming title bout between Patricio Pitbull and AJ McKee in the Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Final.
Flyweights Alejandra Lara and DeAnna Bennett are also set to meet on the Bellator 265 card. Logan Storley, of South Dakota, who will look to bounce back from the only career loss in a split decision with current welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov , should also compete in the Bellator 265, against an opponent yet to be determined.