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Sergei Kharitonov Continues to Do His Best Ivan Drago Impersonation


(“He is not human. He is like piece of short, balding iron.” PicProps: Tapology)

As we all discovered when a recent Gambling Addiction Enabler questioned our collective manhood about betting on the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, former Pride/Dream/K-1 slugger Sergei Kharitonov is currently paying off at fairly epic +2000 odds to win the whole shebang. Now, if we didn’t believe this tourney was headed for chaotic disaster and/or we thought there was a chance in hell those shady internet bookies would make good on a sizable bet, we’d actually consider Kharitonov something of a steal at those odds. Especially since he’s coming out of the weak-sauce side of the bracket and – as he reminds us in a new interview with Tapology.com this week – he’s already beaten two of the so-called favorites.

“People like to think they are experts on things they think they know,” Kharitonov says. “I beat Alistair (Overeem) and (Fabricio) Werdum and (accomplished) that at a time when my stand-up skills were not 25 percent (of) what (they are) now. You do the math.”

In fact, the Russian-paratrooper-turned-Golden-Glory-kickboxer says a bunch of totally badass stuff to Tapology. Stuff that only becomes more badass when you imagine him saying it in monotone, heavily-accented English like a certain 1980s movie villain we could mention. Case-in-point, Kharitonov’s message for first-round opponent Andrei Arlovski: “I will break you.” That’s right, he said it.


Breakage of some sort seems like a good bet in that pair’s match-up, what with Arlovski rolling in on the heels of three straight losses. Granted, we haven’t seen much from Kharitonov lately – just three fights since the end of 2007 – but when you consider he’s only a thumping of Arlovski and a disqualification/withdrawal of Josh Barnett away from the finals, that +2000 starts to sound pretty good.

As for his opening round match-up with the former UFC champ in February, he’s not even sweating it. At least not enough to actually watch footage on the guy.

“I do not watch fights from Andrei Arlovski,” Kharitonov says. “For me he is just another obstacle that has to be removed. I do not care what his problems were or if he was a champion or not. I will break him.”

See? Dude said it again. What do you think the odds are that Arlovski is running down a road in Siberia with a log on his back right now? Not good? Not good.

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tnbp- January 28, 2011 at 11:44 am
At +2000 odds, I need a website link to accompany this article so I can lay a bet on him. At those odds, I have $5 I can piss away.
RwilsonR- January 28, 2011 at 7:47 am
Keep it coming myklhoey. Everyone gets shit on from time to time around here, but it is usually meant in good fun. You seem like a good guy, I always like what you have to say, and your voice is always welcome around here.
glassjawsh- January 28, 2011 at 7:28 am
as hard as try to imagine kharitonov speaking like Ivan Drago, it keeps coming out in the voice of Teddy KGB from Rounders
Fried Taco- January 28, 2011 at 7:25 am
@myklhoey - it's not hate, it's love! I enjoy your comments, and was just pointing out how some idiots complain about very minor things in the CP posts, when there is equally great writing that is not even trying to be grammatically correct. Keep it up, dude!
MMAINMYBLOOD- January 28, 2011 at 6:45 am
Fedor wins this whole tourney by spectacular wins in every round... ah who am I kidding he will win because Barnett is shooting up juice right now... Reem is getting caught this time around... and Verdum will see Fedor who may not be the same guy he was 7 years ago... doesnt make the same mistake twice. Arlovski is going to pull a Randleman and Ko himself in the locker room before the fight and he will not advance. Rogers is probably getting alot of overtime at sams club. This is just a way to get Fedor back on top and say he did it against an ok crop of heavies... Im just surprised they didnt dig up Tim " I like the taste of Arlovski's cock" Sylvia!!!!!
ccman- January 28, 2011 at 6:17 am
@ boner The only one dw would even consider might be overoid if he can survive the olympic style testing (snicker). And even then he would have to actually fight in the usa (giggle) and maintain his size and benifits staying clean for at least a year (outburst of laughter) using only the horsemeat he claims was the key to gaining 55 pounds of lean muscle withut losing flexability or speed with the odd side effect of a huge cranium (flat out hilarity, side splitting laughter).

Yea no bookie is touching this.
Ascerendant- January 28, 2011 at 3:59 am
Dana will not sign anyone before the finale, because everbody is signed to Strikeforce to complete the tourney. He could probably sign some of the losers...but I guess that's not what he'd want.
StinkFacer- January 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm
i got it just fine.
Barry Mckockenner- January 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm
"I will break you" is not a quote from Rocky IV you nimrods .. its "I MUST break you" .. thats like sayin "Im gonna make him an offer he may not refuse" .. or "say hello to my little buddy" .. "may the force accompany you" .. it just isnt right. Silly Canadians ...
myklhoey- January 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm
@dangadadang
well my bad on the ko part, it was from memory and was awhile ago, and the good thing about cp is if you say somethin incorrect, you will no it cause otha people will dump on you,
as far as the spellin and puttin !?.," were they go, its neva been a strong point but im workin on it,
and you cant say inablity to look up facts cause of one mistake, or is it only your keyboard that doesnt have a back space button, everyone makem.
i love mma i love talkin about it even when opinions differ,
i hand around a hardcore christian circle, who dont like mma, so this is my outlet,
@fat belly frank
good looks bro
fatbellyfrank- January 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm
@myklhoey, you stick with what your doing bro, I always find your comments worth reading, admittedly sometimes I have to say it out loud to get what you typed, but its always worth it.
Love your work bro and you don't need to give 2 fucks what anyone thinks, just keep firin em in dude.
ghostboner- January 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm
@ccman - A smart bookie would give you, at best, even money on that. Maybe a little higher since part of the parlay is that Dana has to not sign any of them. The only way Dana doesn't sign one of the two finalists is if one is Barnett and the other is Fedor.

DangadaDang- January 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm
@ hoey

I think I can shed some light on the Fried Taco hate. You see Fried Taco is a man of class, so much class in fact that I once saw him take a poop on the floor of his workplace and no one said a thing, believing it to be a new wave, European form of expression. he ran a train with three co workers that very night.

As for the rest of your post, Sergei didn't KO Russow, he submitted him. Also, your apparent inability to research or even look over anything you type before posting it makes your comments both hard to read and incredibly frustrating.
myklhoey- January 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm
@friedtaco
whats with the hate speech
ReX13- January 27, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Hey guys,i was going to post here and bring the hilarity, but then i read everything, and consider it thoroughly brought.Love and brohugs,RX
Fried Taco- January 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm
And myklhoey needs to be writing articles for CP. Then these "CP sucks" idiots will really have something to complain about!

BTW, I've already put down a dollar on Sergei. Thinking of maybe putting another one down, I can stand to skip a Whopper for a day.
skeletor- January 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm
@RwilsonR
I will not even comment on this article after your fried chicken win
good day sir.
NoFlegraPor- January 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Dundas needs a raise. MRuss bring the scoops; Chad brings the funny.
RwilsonR- January 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm
What are the odds on Brett Rogers? He's the real 'Rocky' story here, doing all sorts of odd training - flipping tires in his tire shop and chasing chickens (presumably fried) around for cardio. I got him going all the way.
myklhoey- January 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm
well this dude does have some impressive wins over some big and known names, and he did ko the amazin legendary ufc sluggin monster mike russow,
but le lost to some questanble fighta's to, personality i dont see him gettin past arlovski, but if he does he deff anit gettin past ill fight till i die barrnett,
i look forward to these HW clashes, and i hope after it overeem will go to the ufc, id like to see how he does
ccman- January 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm
I wonder the odds of dana not sigbing any of these guys and the tournment ending with at least 1 fighter not in the original 8 parlayed into at least one not being licensed parlayed into m1 trying to renegotiate at least 1 more time and shotime. Applauding them doing it?
ghostboner- January 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Ok actually he is in Albuquerque dicking around with that snitch Bones jones making 300 videos. The movie, not the quantity of videos. But I'm still picking him.
ghostboner- January 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm
Listen bitches, Arlovski got this! What are the odds on him winning it? He is not carrying a log in Cyber-ia, he is running stairs in Chicago in his sweats and knit wool cap.
Angry Whopper- January 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm
I want to see this guy break somebody. Especially Mr. It's-not-steroids-it's-horsemeat Overeem. Just for kicks.

Then Dana Fucking White can recruit him into the UFC, and we'll see Brock Lesnar face a stone-cold killer in the octagon. Then, hopefully, the Undertaker will bury him for good and that will be that for Lesnar.
Lysol- January 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Kharitonov seems like a cool guy who'se two fights away from Dana deciding it would be funny to ruin Strikeforce's tournament by signing one of the fighters in the finals.
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