According to Sherdog, Antonio Silva has verbally agreed to fight Russian PRIDE standout Sergei Kharitonov for EliteXC’s vacant heavyweight crown at “Saturday Night Fights” on July 26th, pending approval from the California State Athletic Commission; the CSAC previously blocked Silva from competing at K-1 Dynamite!! USA last June due to a pituitary gland tumor, but “Bigfoot/Pezao” underwent surgery last summer to have it removed.
Kharitonov holds a career record of 15-3, with notable wins over Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem, and Semmy Schilt. If the matchup comes together, it would certainly alleviate some of the concerns we’ve had regarding the EliteXC heavyweight title’s legitimacy, considering that Kharitonov is more talented and deserving of a belt than any other heavyweight currently on their roster. So keep your fingers crossed, and you might just see Silva vs. Kharitonov headlining the three-fight Showtime card that will lead into the CBS broadcast.
In other news…
— Vernon “Tiger” White has been dropped from the Affliction: Banned lineup after testing positive for a banned diuretic after competing at a regional event. Replacing White in his light-heavyweight bout against Antonio Rogerio Nogueria will be Edwin Dewees, the TUF 4 alum who snapped a four-fight losing streak recently by submitting Richard Blake at a NoLimit Fighting card in Houston.
— Karo Parisyan‘s next fight is likely to take place at UFC 88 against Yoshiyuki Yoshida (who choked out Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver during his Octagon debut at UFC 84), and Luke Cummo (6-5) may be looking at a “win or get fired” match when he faces Tamdan McCrory at UFC 87.
Previously: Sergei Kharitonov vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua