The bout has been verbally agreed to according to Sherdog for EliteXC‘s July 26th show. If the bout comes to fruition it would certainly be one of the most relevant fights EXC has ever put on as it pertains to world rankings. Of course the bout has a hangup due to Silva‘s past with the California State Athletic Commission:
Silva will face extra scrutiny to get cleared for active duty in the Golden State. The 6-foot-4, nearly 300-pound goliath was removed from a K-1 “Dynamite USA” roster over a year ago after pre-fight medical tests revealed a pituitary gland tumor in the 26-year-old’s cranial region.
Under the commission’s recommendation, “Pezao” underwent surgery last summer to remove the tumor.
Let us all hope the bout occurs as it gives us a rare fight between big men from formerly separated organizations. Kharitonov‘s last bout was a beatdown of Alistair Overeem in K-1 to overcome his shoulder injury and knees to the face in their previous bout. Antonio Silva’s last bout was a not all that impressive decision win over Ricco Rodriguez at Showtime’s EXC Street Certified event in February.
I’d look highly forward to this bout but whenever Armando Garcia is in any small way involved I’ll just assume something excellent isn’t going to happen until I see it with my own eyes.