Sergei Kharitonov is the last man to have beaten Alistair Overeem at heavyweight and he won his Strikeforce Tournament quarter final less than two weeks ago against former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski. Sergei took some time out of his schedule to talk to Bleacher Report about his career, other competitors in the Strikeforce tournament and a little bit about his life.
Sergei is a veteran in mixed martial arts, he is 30-years-old and has been fighting since 2000. He has 25 professional fights to his name If you combine his time spent in MMA and K1 kickboxing.
Sergei has also trained and competed in amateur boxing and his country's native sport Combat Sambo. Sergei's athletic prowess was spurned on by his parents who were heavily involved in sports themselves so it is to know surprise that Sergei is now competing athletically at the professional level.
In addition to fighting, Sergei was a part of the Russian Airborne Troops where he completed his training as a paratrooper.
More importantly Sergei has secured himself a spot in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament semifinals and he isn't wasting any time getting back to training.
"I just returned to Thailand and I am back training already again in the Golden Glory Pattaya gym," Sergei said about what he is doing since winning against Arlovski.
Sergei also came out of the tournament in good shape. When asked about injuries, he had the following to say "No my right fist got hurt very little, I am fine."
As we can see Sergei likes to get right back into the grind even after victory. One would figure he'd take at least sometime to relax or vacation, but no. "No [vacations] I am training again, I love training and keeping in shape, I will come even better prepared for my next fight. I was in good shape for this fight."