Sergei Kharitonov

Sergei Valerievich Kharitonov (Russian: Серге́й Валерьевич Харитонов, Sergey Valerievich Haritonov, Russian pronunciation: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej xərʲɪˈtonəf]) (born August 18, 1980) is a Russian Heavyweight mixed martial artist and former kickboxer currently competing for Bellator MMA, M-1 Global and GLORY.[2] A professional MMA competitor since 2000, he has previously fought in Japanese MMA organizations PRIDE Fighting Championships, DREAM (Both in Japan) and Strikeforce, which was based in the United States.

Sergei Kharitonov
BornSergei Valerievich Kharitonov
(1980-08-18) August 18, 1980 (age 39)
Plesetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Other namesParatrooper
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight264 lb (120 kg; 18 st 12 lb)
Reach76 in (193 cm)
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
TeamRussian Top Team (2002–2007)
Baku Fires (Boxing Team)
Golden Glory (2007 – present)[1]
RankInternational Master of Sport in Boxing
Years active2000 - present (MMA)
2009-2014, 2018 (Kickboxing)
Kickboxing record
By knockout5
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout20
By submission8
By decision2
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision1
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: May 3, 2014
Sergei Kharitonov
Medal record
Men's Boxing
Central Asian Games
Representing  Tajikistan
Silver medal – second place 2003 Dushanbe +91 kg
Asian Amateur Championships
Representing  Tajikistan
Silver medal – second place 2004 Puerto Princesa +91 kg
Russian Championships
Silver medal – second place 2004 Samara +91 kg

Kharitonov has competed in two major mixed martial arts tournaments and one major kickboxing tournament. He holds notable wins over former EliteXC Middleweight Champion Murilo Rua, former K-1 Champion Semmy Schilt, former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem, and former UFC Heavyweight Champions Andrei Arlovski and Fabrício Werdum.



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.

Sergei remains on the active duty while training full-time with the Russian Top Team. His wife's name is Natalia.[4]

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

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Martial arts backgroundEdit

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.[5]

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.[5]

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 unpredictability in the ring. As of September 2007 he recently began training with the Golden Glory fight team in the Netherlands.

In addition to competing in MMA and boxing, Sergei competes in Combat Sambo for the Ryazan Desantnik (Paratrooper) club.[4]


Sergei had a successful career as a heavyweight fighter in the Pride Fighting Championships, 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 Fabrício 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.

Kharitonov scored a win against Mike Russow at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas on February 24.[6]

K-1 Hero'sEdit

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.[7] 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.


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.


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 was expected to fight Travis Wiuff in December 2013. This fight did not materialize, but on November 15 of that year Kharitonov faced Alexey Kudin at M-1 Challenge in Surgut, Russia and defeated him by TKO (punches) in the second round.

In his next appearance, Sergei defeated Tyler East via second-round TKO at Tech-Krep Fighting Championship - Prime on March 21, 2014.

Kharitonov was expected to face Satoshi Ishii on November 11, 2014 at M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire.[8] However, Ishii withdrew from the bout due to injury.[9] He instead faced Kenny Garner at the event, which took place on November 25, with Kharitonov winning via doctor stoppage in the third round.[10][11]

M-1 GlobalEdit

Kharitonov faced Alexei Kudin on November 15, 2013 at M-1 Challenge 43. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Kharitonov beat Kenny Garner at M-1 Challenge 53 on November 25, 2014 via TKO (doctor stoppage) in 3 round.

In the rematch he wins over Kenny Garner again on July 3, 2015 at M-1 Challenge 59 via TKO in the first round.

Bellator MMAEdit

On February 3, 2016 it was announced that Kharitonov had signed with Bellator.[12] Kharitonov made his debut against Javy Ayala on November 4, 2016 at Bellator 163. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Kharitonov faced Chase Gormley at Bellator 175 on March 31, 2017. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[13]

Kharitonov faced Roy Nelson in the Bellator 207 co-main event on October 12, 2018.[14] He won the fight via knockout in round one.[15]

After the Nelson fight, Kharitonov signed a new multi-fight contract with Bellator and headlined Bellator 215 against Matt Mitrione on February 15, 2019.[16] Unfortunately, the bout ended in a No Contest just 15 seconds into the first round after Mitrione landed an accidental groin strike and Kharitonov was unable to continue.

Kharitonov faced Mitrione in an immediate rematch six months later at Bellator 225 on August 24, 2109. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Kharitonov headlined Bellator 234 against Linton Vassell on November 14, 2019.[17] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.


Since signing with team Golden Glory Breda in July 2007, Sergei has been in the Netherlands 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. Kharitonov faced Samoan kickboxer Mighty Mo at the United Glory World Series Finals in Moscow on May 28, 2011. He won via KO 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.[18][19]

He was set to fight Jérôme Le Banner at Glory 10: Los Angeles in Ontario, California, United States on September 28, 2013[20] but the Frenchman withdrew after suffering a neck injury.[21]

Kharitonov defeated Daniel Sam via unanimous decision at Glory 11: Chicago - Heavyweight World Championship Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on October 12, 2013.[22][23]

The Jérôme Le Banner fight was rescheduled for Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013.[24] Kharitonov won by unanimous decision.[25]

He lost to Anderson "Braddock" Silva via UD the semi-finals of the Glory 16: Denver - Heavyweight Contendership Tournament in Broomfield, Colorado, US on May 3, 2014.[26]

Replacing Pat Barry who withdrew from the fight for undisclosed reasons, Kharitonov was scheduled to face Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović at Glory 17: Los Angeles in Inglewood, California on June 21, 2014.[27] Kharitonov then also withdrew, citing a finger injury,[28] and was replaced by Jarrell Miller.[29] On October 11, 2014, at the W5 Grand Prix in Moscow, Kharitonov again faced Silva, winning the rematch by second-round TKO.[citation needed]


Kharitonov 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.[30] 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.[citation needed]

Kharitonov 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.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Kharitonov and his wife Natalya have one child.[31]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


Mixed martial artsEdit


  • W5
    • W5 World Heavyweight Championship


Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
39 matches 30 wins 7 losses
By knockout 20 4
By submission 8 2
By decision 2 1
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 30–7 (2) Fernando Rodriguez Jr. KO (punch) World Total Kombat Federation 5 February 23, 2020 2 0:08 Minsk, Belarus
Loss 29–7 (2) Linton Vassell TKO (punches) Bellator 234 November 15, 2019 2 3:15 Tel Aviv, Israel
Win 29–6 (2) Matt Mitrione TKO (knee and punches) Bellator 225 August 24, 2019 2 1:24 Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
NC 28–6 (2) Matt Mitrione NC (accidental groin strike) Bellator 215 February 15, 2019 1 0:15 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States An accidental groin strike from Mitrione rendered Kharitonov unable to continue.
Win 28–6 (1) Roy Nelson KO (punches and knee) Bellator 207 October 12, 2018 1 4:59 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
NC 27–6 (1) Anton Vyazigin NC (accidental eye poke) M-1 Challenge 92: Kharitonov vs. Vyazigin May 24, 2018 2 0:20 St. Petersburg, Russia Catchweight (280 lbs) bout. Originally a majority decision for Kharitionov; later overturned due to an accidental eye poke.
Win 27–6 Joey Beltran Decision (unanimous) Russian Cagefighting Championship February 25, 2018 3 5:00 Yekaterinburg, Russia
Win 26–6 Geronimo dos Santos Submission (ankle lock) M-1 Challenge 81: Battle in the Mountains 6 July 22, 2017 1 2:13 Nazran, Russia Catchweight (280 lbs) bout.
Win 25–6 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou KO (punch) M-1 Challenge 80: Kharitonov vs. Sokoudjou June 15, 2017 1 0:40 Harbin, China
Win 24–6 Chase Gormley KO (punch) Bellator 175 March 31, 2017 1 3:55 Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Loss 23–6 Javy Ayala KO (punch) Bellator 163 November 4, 2016 1 0:16 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 23–5 Kenny Garner TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 59: Battle of Nomads 5 July 3, 2015 1 4:11 Astana, Kazakhstan
Win 22–5 Kenny Garner TKO (doctor stoppage) M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire November 25, 2014 3 2:01 Beijing, China
Win 21–5 Tyler East TKO (punches) Tech-Krep Fighting Championship: Prime March 21, 2014 2 2:54 Krasnodar, Russia
Win 20–5 Alexei Kudin TKO (punches) M-1 Challenge 43 December 15, 2013 2 4:56 Surgut, Russia
Win 19–5 John Delgado Submission (americana) MMA: Russian Open Championship September 1, 2011 1 0:34 St.Petersburg, Russia
Loss 18–5 Josh Barnett Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov June 10, 2011 1 4:28 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 18–4 Andrei Arlovski KO (punches) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva February 15, 2011 1 2:49 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 17–4 Tatsuya Mizuno KO (knee) Dynamite!! 2010 December 31, 2010 1 1:25 Saitama, Japan
Loss 16–4 Jeff Monson Submission (north-south choke) DREAM 8 April 5, 2009 1 1:42 Nagoya, Japan
Win 16–3 Jimmy Ambriz TKO (submission to punches) DREAM 6: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round September 23, 2008 1 2:15 Saitama, Japan
Win 15–3 Alistair Overeem KO (punch) HERO'S 10: Middleweight Tournament Final September 17, 2007 1 4:21 Yokohama, 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 FC: Final Conflict Absolute September 10, 2006 1 6:45 Saitama, Japan
Loss 13–2 Alistair Overeem TKO (knees) PRIDE 31: Dreamers February 26, 2006 1 5:13 Saitama, Japan
Win 13–1 Fabrício Werdum Decision (split) PRIDE 30: Fully Loaded October 23, 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 12–1 Peter Mulder Submission (armbar) RINGS Russia: CIS vs. The World August 20, 2005 1 6:16 Yekaterinburg, Russia
Win 11–1 Pedro Rizzo TKO (soccer kick and punches) PRIDE FC: Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005 1 2:02 Saitama, Japan
Win 10–1 Choi Mu-Bae KO (punches) PRIDE 29: Fists of Fire February 20, 2005 1 3:24 Saitama, Japan
Loss 9–1 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Final Conflict 2004 August 15, 2004 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 9–0 Semmy Schilt TKO (punches) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 June 20, 2004 1 9:19 Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 8–0 Murilo Rua KO (punches) PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 April 25, 2004 1 4:14 Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 7–0 Cory Peterson Submission (armbar) PRIDE 27 February 1, 2004 1 1:23 Osaka, Japan
Win 6–0 Jason Suttie Submission (armbar) PRIDE Bushido 1 October 5, 2003 1 2:25 Saitama, Japan
Win 5–0 David Shvelidze Submission (heel hook) TORM 8: Tournament of Real Men 8 February 20, 2003 1 1:00 Yekaterinburg, Russia Won TORM 8 Heavyweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Osmanli Vagabov Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 0:47
Win 3–0 Roman Savochka TKO (hand injury) Brilliant 2: Yalta's Brilliant 2000 August 11, 2000 1 3:11 Yalta, Ukraine Won the Brilliant 2 Heavyweight Tournament.
Win 2–0 Viacheslav Kolesnik TKO (punch) 1 1:26 Brilliant 2 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 1–0 Zamir Syrgabayev TKO (submission to punches) 1 2:43 Brilliant 2 Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal.


Kickboxing recordEdit

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See alsoEdit


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