An unimaginably painful kick to the privates has ended the Bellator 215 main event in a no contest just 15 seconds after the first bell.
The bout between heavyweight fighters Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov had been heavily anticipated but it ended in disaster – especially for Kharitonov.
The American Mitrione, a 40-year-old former UFC fighter, struck his Russian rival with a heavy but accidental low blow.
Kharitonov, 38, was floored and unable to continue after his five-minute recovery period.
He was checked on by the doctors and eventually taken out of the cage on a stretcher.
“It looked like he was throwing a body jab and he stepped in. It was well placed, the fact that he changed levels and stepped in on a jab,” Mitrione said.
“I just caught him in the nuts. I feel terrible. Sergei, let’s run it back obviously.
“I’m so sorry. All the fans, I’m so sorry. I know you guys stuck around. I was ready to put on a show, so was Sergei. I’m really sorry, man. I’m really sorry.”
As MMA fighters and fans picked their jaws up off the floor, Bellator president Scott Coker never saw such an ending coming:
Mannnn, Mitrione drills Kharitonov in the groin in the opening seconds. He is in some serious, serious pain. That did not look good. #Bellator215
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) February 16, 2019
One of the worst groin kicks I've seen in recent memory. Fight might be over #Bellator215
— Wesley Riddle (@AllThatMMA) February 16, 2019
At 15 seconds, it's the shortest No Contest in Bellator history.
Believe the previous shortest NC in Bellator, was Manny Lara vs. Josh Diekmann: 0:18 in 2014.
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) February 16, 2019