The return of the parachutist. The aging Kharitonov will fight an indistinct Brazilian
Alexander Frolov July 8, 2023, 19:15 Moscow time
Sergei did not speak for a year and a half, but he is unlikely to have problems.
Mixed martial arts fans slowly began to forget about Sergey Kharitonov. The 42-year-old parachutist did not fight for almost a year and a half: his last fight took place according to boxing rules, where Kharitonov easily beat Malik Scott, Deontay Wilder’s trainer. Sergey hasn’t entered the Octagon at all since January 2022, when he knocked out experienced karateka Tyrone Sprong with a hard style. And now, after such a long downtime, a poster for Kharitonov’s new fight has appeared.
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On September 23, the Russian fighter will fight in the MMA Series promotional tournament. Sergei’s rival will be the Brazilian Thiago Cardos, who, to put it mildly, fights very often. Russian promoters really liked Cardoza: in the last six months, Thiago has had seven fights with us! By the way, Cardoza’s results are in order, the athlete won five of the last six fights, the judges once again counted a draw. But all is not so simple.
The Brazilian’s opposition, unfortunately, is not surprising. Basically, Thiago fights outspoken midfielders, there just aren’t any better fighters on his resume. Yes, Cardoza cuts to the finish in every fight, he can show something in the standing position, but in terms of skill, he lags behind Kharitonov by literally light-years. Even allowing for the long downtime, the skydiver should easily and simply dismount the opponent from him.
Apparently, Kharitonov’s Bellator story is over. It is unlikely that we will ever see a Paratrooper fight a superior fighter in his prime. On the other hand, Sergey is already at a considerable sports age, why should he take risks? He earned the right to end his career, making money fighting baggy or very old guys. After all, soon Kharitonov himself will hang his gloves on a nail.