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Sergei Kharitonov latest name added to Dynamite 2010

It looks as though Sergei Kharitonov has joined the ever-deepening pool of talent slated to participate on New Year’s Eve at “Dynamite: The Power of Courage” in Saitama, Japan. Kharitonov, who is the last man to have beaten Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem, will face judoka Tatsuya Mizuno at the event.

News of the pairing was reported by MMAFighting.

Though the 16-4 Russian has been out of action since a submission loss to Jeff Monson in April 2009 he is only a few years removed from being considered one of the toughest draws in the heavyweight division. In addition to his 2007 knockout of Overeem, Kharitonov holds wins over Fabricio Werdum and Pedro Rizzo. Fifteen of his sixteen total victories have been the result of a finishing performance with a near-even split between TKOs/submissions.

Mizuno has been slightly more active in 2010, as the December 31 bout marks his third in-ring appearance of the year after going 1-1 against Melvin Manhoef and Gegard Mousasi in separate DREAM appearances.

The inclusion of Kharitonov vs. Mizuno to the annual NYE extravaganza will run the number of total match-ups to eleven with a handful of others still expected for unveiling in the coming weeks.

  • ByronGiant says:

    uhhhh… Sergei just got TKO’d a week ago by a guy who, by all accounts, lacks power in his hands. I’m glad The Big Kharit is good on the ground.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    9 of Singh Jaideep’s last 14 victories have come by KO/TKO stoppage. He is 5-2 in K1 and was the favorite in the fight. Kharitonov is a Sambo practitioner who has a TKO over the K1 champ Alistair Overeem. He is a very good striker who likes to box with a lazy front leg and keep kicks to a minimum. He is a little bit inconsistent but his wins over Overeem, Schilt, Werdum, Rizzo and Russow mean he is a force to be respected.
    He should win this fight but Mizuno has shown he has a great chin and good heart.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    mma logic, nice post

    sergei is not really made for K1, his strength is his sambo which opens up his boxing, which is devastating when he finds that pace where he just lands crushing shots to the body and face

    also he wasn’t knocked out in that k1 fight it was a standing TKO which shows he has a chin, but i doubt he was even rocked its just those leg kicks hurt him and he was wobbling around before he got hit by those hooks, just my view on things

    i always enjoyed sergei’s fights because he always comes to finish someone, not by points

  • ByronGiant says:

    All I have to go on is public records, and commentary provided during the K1 event. With 36 wins and only 9 TKO’s does not a KO artist make. Combined with the fact that those commentating on the event repeatedly decried the power in Singh’s hands also indicated to me that perhaps there might be a small deficiency in the power department. With those factors in mind I surmised that perhaps Sergei may need a longer lay off to recover his chin powers.

    All that being said it is the job of the K1 announcers to make the K1 fighters look good by any means possible.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I’m not sure how medical clearances go in Japan but I hope he is fit to fight Byron.


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