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Alistair Overeem vs. Sergei Kharitonov I

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Alistair Overeem defeats Sergei Kharitonov via KO/TKO at 5:13 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large Alistair "The Demolition Man" Overeem
Mmaweekly large Sergei "The Paratrooper" Kharitonov

Round 1

Alistair Overeem Sergei Kharitonov

"The Demolition Man" "The Paratrooper"

21-6-0   Pro Record At Fight   14-2-0
Climbed to 22-6   Record After Fight   Fell to 14-3
+350 (Moderate Underdog)   Betting Odds   -450 (Heavy Favorite)
Nl Netherlands   Nationality   Ru Russia
Amsterdam, Netherlands   Fighting out of   Amsterdam, Netherlands
25 years, 9 months, 1 week, 2 days   Age at Fight   25 years, 6 months, 1 week, 1 day
228.0 lbs (103.4 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   244.0 lbs (110.7 kgs)
6'4" (193cm)   Height   6'4" (194cm)
80.0" (203cm)   Reach   74.0" (188cm)
Elevation Fight Team   Gym   Golden Glory
Pride 31
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Pride 31: Unbreakable
  • Date: Sunday 02.26.2006
  • Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
  • Venue: Saitama Super Arena
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Saitama, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 5 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight:
  • TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Overeem Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Kharitonov Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Event Links:

Overeem vs. Kharitonov I Wiki Update Wiki

When Alistair Overeem took on Russian Sambo champion Sergei Kharitonov in one of the featured bouts of Pride 31, Overeem was a moderate betting underdog. Overeem packed on significant muscle later in his career, but on that night in February of 2006, he was significantly smaller than his Russian opponent, and outweighed by a full 40 pounds. Kharitonov had only been defeated on one occasion, and that was to Pride heavyweight star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by decision. Many thought that Kharitonov could win this bout whether it took place on the mat or on the feet.

When the action kicked off in the first round, Kharitonov—as well as the Pride heavyweight division—got a rude awakening. From the start, Overeem initiated a brilliant game plan, taking the Russian down and landing in side control. From there, Overeem maintained top position and kept the pressure on with an unending stream of body shots and knees to the head.

For the first several minutes, it looked as if Kharitonov was defending the knees well. However, as his conditioning began to ebb toward the middle of the round, Overeem took advantage. After softening Kharitonov up from the mount with punches to the head, Overeem again swiveled into side control, where he finished his opponent with a series of unanswered knees to the face. After the fight, Kharitonov’s face was absolutely mangled, and Overeem had notched one of the biggest victories of his career.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:30 PM ET
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