Over the past couple years, Pride FC and Strikeforce veteran Sergei Kharitonov has quietly put together a five-fight winning streak, mirroring the days when he was one of the top-ranked heavyweights in MMA.
Looking back over his success, Kharitonov is more or less pleased with how he’s performed, but he’s eager to move on and focus on his new opportunity with Bellator.
“Obviously, I have some things I have to work on, but I’m pretty satisfied,” Kharitonov told MMAWeekly.com through his interpreter. “I’ve won against some fighters who are considered the best right now, like (Fabricio) Werdum and (Andrei) Arlovski and other guys, so I feel pretty confident.
“When I look back it’s been a great experience for me, but now that I’m here in Bellator, I’m focused on becoming a Bellator champion.”
Having been nearly five years since the Russian native Kharitonov has fought in the U.S., he is pleased to return and to get a chance to return and fight, especially as a part of Bellator.
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“Bellator is one of the top organizations in the world, so I’m happy to fight for them and come back and fight in the United States,” said Kharitonov. “I think (the fans) remember me from my big wins, my big fights, and those fights made a big appetite for my career, but I’m here to make a new chapter in my career.
“All I’m thinking about right now is putting on spectacular fights. Fans remember me for having exciting fights, spectacular fights, and that’s what I want to have in Bellator.”
Kharitonov (23-5) will make his Bellator debut on May 14 in San Jose, Calif., against promotional veteran