FORMER Bellator MMA star Sergei Kharitonov has been hospitalised after being attacked with 'brass knuckles', according to reports.
REN TV reports an unknown individual attacked the Russian fighter in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
The report states that early indications suggest brass knuckles were used by the attacker.
Kharitonov, 40, has been competing professionally since 2000 and is receiving treatment in hospital for his injuries.
Police are still looking for the suspect as more details are yet to be released.
The 6ft 4in heavyweight signed with Bellator in 2016.
And Kharitonov has won 32 out of 40 MMA fights.
He last fought on November 8 when he KO'd Brit Oli Thompson in the first round in Dubai.
The result saw him claim the Paris FC heavyweight championship.
He made his pro boxing debut in September after a promising amateur career which saw him narrowly miss out on a spot at the 2004 Olympics in Athens with Russia.
Kharitonov beat Danny Williams in the REN TV Fight Club tournament.
He has also competed in kickboxing and has a 7-4 record.
Kharitonov is married to wife Natalya and the couple have one child.
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