Free Picks & Predictions Bellator 234: Kharitonov vs Vassell

Free Picks & Predictions Bellator 234: Kharitonov vs Vassell

We’re on the road to the Middle-East for Bellator 234. We have a stacked card, full of experienced as well as rookie fighters scrapping it out at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The event will air on Paramount Network and DAZN on Friday, November 15th at 9pm (EST).

The scheduled main event will feature Heavyweight fighters Sergei Kharitonov vs Linton Vassell, with the Russian having not lost a fight since 2016.

Will the big Russian put the Briton to sleep in Tel Aviv?

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Sergei Kharitonov vs Linton Vassell (Heavyweight bout)

Sergei Kharitonov has been ruthless of late, with only one loss in his last 8 and that came by a groin kick in the first 15 seconds of the fight against Matt Mitrione.

He got his revenge back in February when he knocked out Mitrione in a bizarre double knockout, which almost rendered both men unconscious.

Sergei has featured on a few cards recently, he has fought twice this year already with the last fight in August. The big Russian sits at 30-7 in his professional career.

It’s quite a different story for Milton Keynes-born Linton Vassell. The MMA-veteran is now 36 and has seen his share of fights.

His career has been on the decline lately with 3 losses in his last three fights, and only fighting once this year.

He last fought at Bellator 218 back in March, where he lost by decision to Valentin Moldavsky. Then, in his two fights prior to that he was knocked out in both by Phil Davis and Ryan Bader, leaving him with a record of 18-8-0.

Vassell is a tall, lanky fighter and the build of the big russian will be one that he may find difficult to penetrate. He’ll have to pick his shots and work Sergei over slowly If he is to have any chance of coming out on top.

Take Sergei Kharitonov to win this one.

Sergei Kharitonov To beat Linton Vassell

Roger Huerta vs Sidney Outlaw (Lightweight bout)

Long-time veteran Roger “El Matador” Huerta will face Sidney Outlaw at Lightweight. Roger has been fighting since 2003 and has even featured a number of times in the UFC.

He has an MMA record of 24-11-1, having won just 3 of his last 5 fights. It’s been a tough road of late for the Californian-born Huerta - he’s only managed 4 wins in 12 fights since 2010, a shocking statistic by all means, but then again he hasn’t had that many fights.

Sidney Outlaw, fighting out of Philadelphia Pennsylvania, has an MMA record of 13-3.

He’ll be going to Tel Aviv with a lot of confidence and feeling the momentum. He’s won his last 5 fights and is still a relatively young fighter, with a professional fighting career spanning just 6 years.

He’ll be up against it, because “El Matador” has a reach and weight advantage and will look to use that. However, Sidney has a great wrestling background and is capable of working in close spaces to great effect.

Take Sidney Outlaw to win this one.

Sidney Outlaw To beat Roger Huerta

Olga Rubin vs Sinead Kavanagh (Featherweight bout)

In the women’s featherweight clash, we’ve got “Big Bad” Olga Rubin facing down the Irish-born Sinead Kavanagh.

Kavanagh has had a rocky mma career. She has a record of 5-4 outright and conceded a loss to Leslie Smith in her last bout, a decision that went to the judges.

Sinead made her professional fighting debut back in 2015, at BAMMA 22 where she faced Hatice Ozyurt. She won that fight in under 20 seconds, knocking Ozyurt out in the first and starting her professional career off with a bang.

Olga Rubin, fighting out of Moscow, Russia, will feel relatively confident going into this one, as she has the reach and height advantage over her Irish counterpart and is 6-1 outright in her professional career.

However, it’s not all positive for the Russian as she was handed her first loss of her professional career to Julia Budd in her last. She was knocked out inside 2 minutes of the first round.

She will need to get her confidence back for this one.

It’s a tough one to call, but take Olga Rubin to bounce back and win.

Olga Rubin To beat Sinead Kavanagh
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Austin Vanderford vs Grachik Bozinyan (Middleweight bout)

Austin Vanderford is wasting no time. Vanderford a one-time Dana White Contender Series alum, submitted Code Jones in the first round at Bellator 215 back in February and more recently took a TKO stoppage win over Joseph Creer in August.

Vander, the husband of Paige VanZant, is 8-0-0 in his professional career and very much in his prime. He’s lighter than Grachik, but is a talented Jiu-Jitsu artist and has great standup game.

He’s only really been in the fight game for around 2 and a half years, but has already made a big impact.

Returning to the action after more than two and a half years out, the Russian middleweight Grachik Bozinyan is looking to get things back on track.

He’s been in the fight game since 2012 and is still only 24 years old.

Bozinyan has an mma record of 10-3-0.

The Russian has a proven record of his talent inside the cage. He’s earnt all his MMA wins via knockout or submission and will look to extend his record in Israel.

He’s spent a lot of his MMA career in the Absolute Championship Akhmat, a Russian fighting organisation.

Take Vanderford to beat Grachik Bozinyan.

Austin Vanderford To beat Grachik Bozinyan