|Born||Sergei Valerievich Kharitonov
August 18, 1980
Plesetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
|Other names||Paratrooper, The Russian Mercenary|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||121 kg (267 lb; 19 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Boxing, Sambo|
|Fighting out of||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Team||Russian Top Team (2002–2007)
Baku Fires (Boxing Team)
Golden Glory (2007 – present)
|Rank||International Master of Sport in Boxing|
|Years active||2000–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for Russia|
|Central Asian Games|
|Silver||2003 Dushanbe||+91 kg|
|Asian Amateur Championships|
|Silver||2004 Puerto Princesa||+91 kg|
|Silver||2004 Samara||+91 kg|
Sergei Valerievich Kharitonov (Russian: Серге́й Валерьевич Харитонов, Sergey Valerievich Haritonov, Russian pronunciation: [sʲerˈɡʲej xarʲiˈtonəf]) (born August 18, 1980) is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He has previously fought in Japanese MMA organizations Pride Fighting Championships and Dream, and Strikeforce, which was based in the United States.
Kharitonov has competed in two major mixed martial arts tournaments and one major kickboxing tournament. He holds notable wins over Murilo Rua, Semmy Schilt, Pedro Rizzo, Fabricio Werdum, Mike Russow, Alistair Overeem, Jimmy Ambriz, Tatsuya Mizuno, and Andrei Arlovski.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Mixed martial arts record
- 4 Kickboxing record
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Sergei Kharitonov was born on August 18, 1980 in Plesetsk, Russian SFSR, (now Russia). His parents were very athletic: Sergei's mother was a volleyball coach, and his father at various times studied boxing, skating, football, and long distance marathon running. Under their influence, Sergei was very active physically while growing up.
Kharitonov graduated from a high school with a specialization in music (accordion). Following the advice of his parents as well as his own dreams, Sergei went to the Airborne troops academy in Ryazan, Russia, and enlisting in the Russian Airborne Troops after finishing the academy. Kharitonov credits the army and the academy with giving him psychological skills he relies on during his fights.
Kharitonov sometimes gets confused with his full namesake Sergey Haritonov, a much less prominent mixed martial arts fighter from Estonia.
Mixed martial arts career
Martial arts background
Sergei started being interested in sports when he was still in kindergarten, being taught at first by his father. Kharitonov started training boxing seriously when he was ten or eleven years old, following an incident when a drunken adult passer-by broke up a scuffle between Sergei and another boy by lifting Sergei in the air, hitting him in the face and cutting his eyebrow with that punch. The man justified his behavior by saying that Sergei should not have been hitting a grounded opponent.
At the age of sixteen, Kharitonov started studying Combat Sambo. During his studies in the Airborne Troops Academy, Sergei started competing in hand-to-hand combat (simplified form of Combat Sambo) and MMA. After Kharitonov graduated from the Academy, he was contacted by Vladimir Pogodin, the manager of the Russian Top Team, who invited him to join the club. At first, Sergei was invited to be Fedor Emelianenko's sparring partner, who taught him many ground fighting techniques, including striking on the ground and submissions. Sergei kept competing at various Russian MMA competitions, and in October 2003 he debuted in Pride Fighting Championships, one of the top two leading MMA organizations in the world at that time.
Sergei trains with the Russian national boxing and Sambo teams, as well as some freestyle wrestlers. He also recently added Muay Thai training to his regimen, and, according to him, he even borrows some elements from karate.
Sergei Kharitonov trained in Kirieevsk, Russia, under coach Mikhail Illoukhine (Russian: Михаил Илюхин). Ilyukhin chose Kirieevsk as their training base due to a large number of heavyweight MMA fighters available there. According to him, key elements of Sergei's success are his willpower and unpredicability in the ring. As of September 2007 he recently began training with the Golden Glory fight team in Holland.
Sergei started his Amateur Boxing Career in 2000. He tried to get into the Russian Olympic Boxing team but got injured in the semi finals during a live boxing TV event. Instead he competed for Tajikistan in 2003 at the Central Asian Games where he won a silver medal. Kharitonov earned a shot at that year’s Olympics, representing former Tajikistan (the former Soviet republics often have ethnic Russians on their teams) but passed on the chance to instead fight in the Pride 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix.
He nearly qualified for the Athens Games by winning the silver medal at the 2004 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa, Philippines. In the final he was defeated by Uzbekistan's Rustam Saidov. In the fall of 2004 he competed in the Russian Boxing Championship and placed second. Sergei could not fight in the final match due to an injury.
Sergei had a successful career as a heavyweight fighter in the Pride Fighting Championship, with an overall Pride record of 8–3–0. As of late 2005, Kharitonov has struggled with ongoing injuries to his upper back and shoulders, evident in his victory against Fabricio Werdum, in which his right shoulder was strained and injured nearly a minute into the bout, and in his loss to Alistair Overeem, where an awkward fall dislocated his shoulder.
Kharitonov lost to Alexander Emelianenko at Pride's Final Conflict Absolute 2006 on September 9, 2006.
On September 17, 2007, Kharitonov TKO's Alistair Overeem in the first round in the Hero's 10: Middleweight Tournament Final event, avenging a previous loss.
Kharitonov's next fight was scheduled to be against Mighty Mo at Dream 6 on September 23, 2008. However Mighty Mo was forced to withdraw due to a back injury. Jimmy Ambriz was Mighty Mo's replacement. Sergei scored a win in the first round by submission via strikes. At Dream 8 Jeff Monson secured Sergei in a North/South Choke. The Russian tried punching his way out but was soon forced to tap for the first time in his career.
Since signing with team Golden Glory Breda in July 2007, Sergei has been in Holland training with some of the best standup fighters in the world. After his loss to Jeff Monson in April, the decision was made to make the last fight on his Dream contract a K-1 match at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final on December 5. On November 28, K-1 announced that his opponent would be Daniel Ghita in the second reserve match of the Grand Prix. Ghita was originally scheduled to face Kharitonov's teammate Chalid Arrab, who had to withdraw due to an injury. Ghita defeated Kharitonov by TKO (right low kick) in the third round.
Kharitonov fought Takumi Sato at the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul. Kharitonov won by KO in the first round.
On December 11 at the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Final Sergei was defeated by Singh Jaideep by TKO (punches) in the first round.
On March 23, 2012, Kharitonov met Mark Miller at United Glory 15 in Moscow, and won by KO (right hook) in the first round.
He lost to Rico Verhoeven at the opening round of the sixteen-man 2012 Glory Heavyweight Grand Slam held at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2012. Verhoeven was leading the judges' scorecards after the first two, two-minute rounds and so was given the victory.
He was set to fight Jérôme Le Banner at Glory 10: Los Angeles - 2013 85kg Slam in Ontario, California, United States on September 28, 2013 but the Frenchman withdrew after suffering a neck injury.
The Jérôme Le Banner fight was rescheduled for Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013.
Sergei signed a deal to fight for Strikeforce and made his debut on February 12, 2011. He faced former UFC Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in the opening round of Strikeforce 2011 Heavyweight Grand-Prix. Sergei defeated Andrei Arlovski by knockout in the first round. Sergei faced Josh Barnett, who defeated Brett Rogers on June 18, 2011 at Strikeforce: Dallas, in the next round. He lost via submission in the first round.
Other MMA Organizations
On June 1, 2012, he submitted John Delgado by keylock at the MMA: Russian Open Championship in St.Petersburg, Russia. Kharitonov has signed with M-1 Global and Oleg Taktarov's Fight Star MMA Promotion and is expected to fight Travis Wiuff in December, 2013.
Kharitonov and his wife Natalya have a son named Alexander.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||20 wins||5 losses|
|Win||20–5||Alexey Kudin||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 43||November 15, 2013||2||4:56||Surgut, Russia|
|Win||19–5||John Delgado||Submission (keylock)||MMA: Russian Open championship||June 1, 2012||1||0:34||St.Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia|
|Loss||18–5||Josh Barnett||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||1||4:28||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals|
|Win||18–4||Andrei Arlovski||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva||February 12, 2011||1||2:49||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States||Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals|
|Win||17–4||Tatsuya Mizuno||KO (knee and punches)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||1||1:25||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||16–4||Jeff Monson||Submission (north–south choke)||Dream.8||April 5, 2009||1||1:42||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||16–3||Jimmy Ambriz||Submission (punches)||Dream.6||September 23, 2008||1||2:15||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||15–3||Alistair Overeem||KO (punch)||Hero's 10||September 17, 2007||1||4:21||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||14–3||Mike Russow||Submission (armbar)||Pride 33||February 24, 2007||1||3:46||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||13–3||Alexander Emelianenko||TKO (punches and knees)||Pride Final Conflict Absolute||September 10, 2006||1||6:45||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||13–2||Alistair Overeem||TKO (knees)||Pride 31||February 26, 2006||1||5:13||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||13–1||Fabricio Werdum||Decision (split)||Pride 30||October 23, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||12–1||Peter Mulder||Submission (armbar)||Rings Russia: CIS vs. The World||August 20, 2005||1||6:16||Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia|
|Win||11–1||Pedro Rizzo||TKO (soccer kick and punches)||Pride Critical Countdown 2005||June 26, 2005||1||2:02||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||10–1||Choi Mu-Bae||KO (punches)||Pride 29||February 20, 2005||1||3:24||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||9–1||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Final Conflict 2004||August 15, 2004||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Pride 2004 HW GP Semifinal|
|Win||9–0||Semmy Schilt||TKO (punches)||Pride Critical Countdown 2004||June 20, 2004||1||9:19||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Pride 2004 HW GP Quarterfinal|
|Win||8–0||Murilo Rua||KO (punches)||Pride Total Elimination 2004||April 25, 2004||1||4:14||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Pride 2004 HW GP Opening Round|
|Win||7–0||Cory Peterson||Submission (armbar)||Pride 27||February 1, 2004||1||1:23||Osaka, Osaka, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Jason Suttie||Submission (armbar)||Pride Bushido 1||October 5, 2003||1||2:25||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5–0||David Shvelidze||Submission (heel hook)||TORM 8: Tournament of Real Men 8||February 20, 2003||1||1:00||Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia|
|Win||4–0||Osmanli Vagabov||Submission (rear naked choke)||TORM 8: Tournament of Real Men 8||February 20, 2003||1||0:47||Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia|
|Win||3–0||Roman Savochka||TKO (hand injury)||Brilliant 2: Yalta's Brilliant 2000||August 11, 2000||1||3:11||Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine|
|Win||2–0||Viacheslav Kolesnik||TKO (punch)||Brilliant 2: Yalta's Brilliant 2000||August 11, 2000||1||1:26||Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine|
|Win||1–0||Zamir Syrgabayev||Submission (punches)||Brilliant 2: Yalta's Brilliant 2000||August 11, 2000||1||2:43||Yalta, Crimea, Ukraine|
Championships and accomplishments
- 2003 Central Asian Games silver medalist
- 2004 Asian Championships silver medalist
- 2007 Russian Championship silver medalist.
Mixed martial arts
- Strikeforce 2011 Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finalist
- Tournament of Real Men 8 champion.
- Brilliant 2 – Yalta's Brilliant 2000 champion.
- Six times champion Russian Airborne Troops Hand-to-hand combat fight.
- Russian Airborne Troops Sambo champion.
- Eurasia Combat Sambo champion.
- Three times champion Russian Army combat fight.
- Three times champion Russian combat Hand-to-hand fight.
- World Universal Fight Unifight champion.
- Two times Russian Free Fight champion
- "Kharitonov finds new life in HERO'S". ESPN/Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
- "Fight Finder: Sergei Kharitonov". Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
- "Sergei Kharitonov answers the questions from his fans." (in Russian). Retrieved 2007-04-06.
- "Sergey Kharitonov: I want to try on the championship belt." (in Russian). Retrieved 2007-04-06.
- DREAM.6 official card
- GLORY 4 Tokyo Grand Slam Tournament Match-Ups Set
- DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 Tokyo Live Results
- GLORY 10 Los Angeles: Middleweight Tournament
- Glory 10 set for Ontario, CA with 4-man middleweight tournament
- Jerome Le Banner Pulls Out of GLORY 10 Due to Neck Injury
- Jerome Le Banner out of Glory 10 with injury
- GLORY 11 Full Event Card
- Glory 11 fight card finalized with 6 bout under card including Michael Mananquil vs. Troy Sheridan re-match
- GLORY 11 Chicago Live Results and Discussion
- Glory 11 Results and Recap
- Raymond Daniels replaces Marc de Bonte in Glory 13 welterweight tournament