The Bellator and MMA fighter has been taken to hospital after being attacked with "brass knuckles," according to reports.

Sergei Kharitonov was attacked by an unidentified person in Russia.

The brutal attack which took place in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium involved brass knuckles suggest early reports.

Kharitonov has been hospitalised and is receiving treatment for his injuries, although it is unclear how severe.

However, one report says he has a fractured nose and a concussion, as well as problems in his right eye, reports Pledge Times.

According to the outlet, the fight happened as a result of a domestic issue related to financial debt.

Kharitonov provided a statement to the police, and went to hospital to get treatment, it has been reported.

According to his lawyer, Alexander Kravtsov, the team is now "expecting police officers. We have written a statement and explanation."

A source close to the situation said: "Sergei's right eye is damaged, he was suddenly hit on it.

"Most likely, it was a ring, not brass knuckles. Now they are taking pictures, the eye itself is closed and damaged inside.

"The diagnosis has not been made for sure," reports Tass.

The 40-year-old fighter is a heavyweight mixed martial artist and former kickboxer.

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He has been competing professionally since 2000, and developed an interest in the sport when he was a child.

In 2016 he signed with Bellator and recently faced Oli Thompson, winning the fight in the first-round.

The 6ft 4in star has won 32 out of 40 MMA fights.

He has one child with his wife, Natalya, reports The Sun.

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