Russian heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov signed by Bellator

Bellator has added another name to its roster: Russian heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov.


Kharitonov has signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator, as reported by MMAFighting. Kharitonov enters the promotion with a 23-5 MMA record as well as a 6-4 kickboxing record. The Russian striker currently rides a 5-fight winning streak with his last loss coming at the hands of Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals in 2011.


The PRIDE veteran holds impressive victories over big names in MMA. He has knockout wins over the likes of Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, and Pedro Rizzo. He also holds a split-decision victory over current UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.

Kharitonov is expected to make his Bellator debut in May.



Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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