Bellator 225 Mouthpiece Mystery Revealed

Matt Mitrione’s mouthpiece at Bellator 225 bounced around more than a super ball.

The Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finalist headlined the card inside the Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night against PRIDE veteran, Sergei Kharitonov in a rematch of their ill-fated 15-second Bellator 215 clash.

While the first fight between the two heavyweights ended in less time it takes to boil an egg due to a mistimed low kick by Mitrione, equipment failure would besiege the former NFL player.

Mitrione lost his mouthpiece four times during the fight, with the final time leading to a devastating uppercut that would drop the Indiana native and end the fight.

“Me losing was not because of my mouthpiece,” Mitrione wrote on Twitter. “It was because of my response to the situation. I always use the same one & lost it Thursday before fight week. [I] had an impression done at a West Lafayette dentist. It was shipped to [the] hotel. First time I ever wore it was tonight.”

With the win, Kharitonov may be in-play for a heavyweight title shot against the winner of Bellator 226’s showdown between champion Ryan Bader and former title challenger Cheick Kongo.


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