Sergei Kharitonov

Sergei Kharitonov

birthdate=birth date and age|mf=yes|year=1980|month=08|day=18
fightingfrom= flagicon|RUS Tula, Russia
hometown= flagicon|USSR Plesetsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
fightteam= flagicon|Netherlands Golden Glory cite web
title=Kharitonov finds new life in HERO'S
fightstyle=Sambo, Boxing, Muay Thai

Sergei Kharitonov ( _ru. Сергей Харитонов, "Sergey Haritonov", IPA-ru|s̺ʲɛr̠ˈgɛj xar̪ʲiˈtonəf) (born August 18 , 1980) is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts. He has previously fought in Japanese MMA organization PRIDE Fighting Championships, and is now scheduled to fight for DREAM.


Sergei Kharitonov was born on August 18, 1980 in Arkhangelsk, Russia. His parents were very athletic: Sergei's mother was a volleyball coach, and his father at various times studied boxing, skating, soccer, 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.

Sergei remains on the active duty while training full time with the Russian Top Team. He is married to his wife, Natalia.cite web |url= |title=Sergei Kharitonov answers the questions from his fans. |accessdate=2007-04-06 |format= |work= |language=Russian]

Sergei is supposedly having a feud with Fedor Emelianenko after Fedor transferred from Russian Top Team to Red Devil Sport Club, and Kharitonov decided to stay with RTT.

Kharitonov sometimes gets confused with his full namesake Sergey Haritonov, a much less prominent mixed martial arts fighter from Estonia.

Martial arts background and training regimen

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.cite web |url= |title=Sergey Kharitonov: I want to try on the championship belt. |accessdate=2007-04-06 |format= |work= |language=Russian]

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.

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 Ilyukhin (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.

In addition to competing in MMA and boxing, Sergei competes in Combat Sambo for the Ryazan "Desantnik" ("Paratrooper") club.


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 [ [ CentralAsianGames2003 ] ] . 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.

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 Aleksander Emelianenko at PRIDE's Final Conflict Absolute 2006 on Sept 9 2006.

Kharitonov scored a win against Mike Russow at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas on February 24. []

K-1 HERO's

On September 17, 2007, Kharitonov knocked out Alistair Overeem in the first round in the K-1 HERO's event, subsequently avenging a previous loss.


Kharitonov's next fight was scheduled to be against Mighty Mo at DREAM.6 on September 23, 2008. [ [ DREAM.6 official card] ] However Mighty Mo was forced to withdraw due to a back injury. Jimmy Ambriz will be Mighty Mo's replacement. Sergei scored a win in the first round by submission via strikes.

Mixed martial arts record

Championships and accomplishments


* 2003 Central Asian Games silver medalist
* Russian Championship silver medalist.

Mixed Martial Arts

* PRIDE 2004 World 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 champion.
* Two times Russian Free Fight champion

See also

*List of male mixed martial artists


External links

* [ Sergei's Site]
* [ Official Site]

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