Saturday, January 8, 2011

Russian Sleeper: Sergei Kharitonov

Strikeforces' planned Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament boasts big names like Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, and Alistair Overeem. But there's another name among the brackets that has received less attention-- Sergei Kharitonov.

Sergei Kharitonov epitomizes the image of a Russian upperweight fighter. The broad, brawn kickboxer and Sambo specialist is what some might call a technical brawler. He is a Pride FC veteran who can stand and bang with the best but will not hesitate to take his opponent to the ground. He holds notable victories over fellow Strikeforce Grand Prix participant Fabricio Werdum, former Elite XC middleweight champion Murilo Rua, and former UFC heavyweight title contender Pedro Rizzo. He has also gone 1-1 against current Strikeforce heavyweight champion and fellow grand prix participant Alistair Overeem. Sergei Kharitonov is scheduled to face Andre Arlovski in the quarterfinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix.

Sergei Kharitonov might not pack the star power of a Fedor Emelianenko or an Alistair Overeem, but he does pack enough punching power to make some noise in the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament.

Here's a video of Kharitonov's 2007 knockout victory over Alistair Overeem:

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