Sergei Kharitonov

Russia

Discharged from hospital after brutal Friday night
HeavyweightBellator
February 16, 2019
Kharitonov has been cleared of any internal bleeding after Friday night's matchup against Matt Mitrione, which was ruled a no-contest after Kharitonov took an accidental kick to the groin, Ariel Helwani of ESPNreports.
ANALYSIS
It's still not all bright and merry for Kharitonov, who was still diagnosed with a hemorrhoid after getting a second round of tests. Friday's main event only lasted 15 seconds before Kharitonov absorbed one of the worst groin strikes in recent memory, and was unable to continue the fight. It's unclear if the two fighters will attempt to run it back, or how long the Russian will need to be on the shelf.
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Shows off boxing in first-round stoppage over Roy Nelson at Bellator 207
HeavyweightBellator
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Kharitonov defeated Roy Nelson via TKO (knee) at 4:59 of Round 1 at Bellator 207 on Friday in Uncasville, Conn.
ANALYSIS
This bout started with a bit of controversy. Kharitonov appeared to not know that you can't knee a downed opponent in the head. He unloaded a pair of knees on the ground, which hurt Nelson. "Big Country" was hurt, but the doctor allowed him to continue following a break. Once the bout restarted, it was clear that Kharitonov's boxing was going to be the story of the fight. He used a solid jab to set up hard hooks and uppercuts. When the boxing forced Nelson to stand still, Kharitonov would going to his knees. With less than ten seconds left in the first round, Nelson stopped against the cage. The Russian fighter went to the knee and finished the bout. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Kharitonov in Bellator. He will likely continue to take fights out of the promotion and have the occasional showcase fight.
Returns to form with KO at Bellator 175
HeavyweightBellator
March 31, 2017
Kharitonov defeated Chase Gormley via KO (Punch) at 3:55 of Round 1 at Bellator 175 on Friday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Kharitonov returned to the Bellator cage for the first time since falling via knockout in his promotional debut. He appeared a bit more tentative early in the fight. Gormley stayed on the outside and scored with punches and kicks. However, whenever Kharitonov landed it was hard. Late in the round, the Russian fighter came forward with a two-piece combination that dropped Gormley. He hit the ground, and he was out cold. Kharitonov needed an impressive win after his last fight, and he took care of business.
Knocked out for only the third time in his carrer
HeavyweightBellator
November 4, 2016
Kharitonov lost to Javy Ayala via KO (punch) at 0:16 of round 1 at Bellator 163 on Friday in Uncasville, Conn.
ANALYSIS
This was supposed to be a showcase fight for Kharitonov. Nobody told Ayala. After stuffing a takedown early, it looked like it might be smooth sailing for the Pride FC veteran. However, a few seconds later, he caught an overhand right that put his lights out. He was clearly out before he hit the ground. Prior to this fight, Kharitonov had only been knocked out twice with the last time coming in 2006.
HeavyweightBellator
May 11, 2016
Kharitinov has been scratched from Bellator 154 due to illness, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.
ANALYSIS
It's a tough blow for the highly-anticipated Bellator card that had planned to go head-to-head with UFC 198 on Saturday night. Kharitinov had been scheduled to make his Bellator debut against Josh Appelt in a heavyweight matchup, but that will now be put on hold. The Russian is an intriguing name for a variety of reasons, most notably that he has professional victories over UFC heavyweights Fabricio Werdum (2005), Alistair Overeem (2007) and Andrei Arlovski (2011). While Bellator looks to reschedule the fight, Saturday's main card will be cut down to four bouts.