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Strikeforce: Andrei Arlovski Vs. Sergei Kharitonov

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Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal bout
Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov

Round 1: Arlovski with leg kicks and a right hand early. Arlovski charged in and landed more punches, followed by a series of close uppercuts. Kharitonov is stalking Arlovki while Arlovski peppered him with punches. Kharitonov landed a big right hand that rocked Arlovski. Kharitonov started teeing off and nailed Arlovksi with a big knee. Kharitonov landed another big right that floored Arlovski and followed up with several punches on the ground as the referee stopped the bout. That’s four straight losses for Arlovski.

Sergei Kharitonov defeated Andrei Arlovski via KO (strikes) at 2:49 of Round 1.

After the bout, Kharitonov thanked the Russian fans in the crowd and said that Russia was the best, which drew some boos from the crowd. He said that he had a lot of respect for Arloski and hopes that they can become friends. He said he doesn’t care what the experts say and that he will win the tournament.