Having starched Andrei Arlovski in the opening round of the Strikeforce World Heavyweight Grand Prix, Russian fighter Sergei Kharitonov earned a shot in the semi-finals of the tournament against his fellow Pride FC veteran Josh “The Warmaster” Barnett.
Since losing via submission to Jeff Monson in 2009, Kharitonov has put together two first-round, knockout victories and has looked like, as Josh Barnett put it, the best Kharitonov that we’ve yet seen compete. Speaking with MMAWeekly.com today through his translator, the striking expert pledged to be ready to take on Barnett in every area of MMA.
“September 10 will show the way the fight is gonna go. I’m ready for whatever it is. If the fight goes to the ground, I’m ready for that. If we’re gonna have a stand up fight, I’m definitely ready for that too.”
Not big on predictions, Kharitonov would say only that he is ready to go and that we’ll have to tune in on Saturday night to see how the fight goes.
“You really may never know in sports who’s gonna win and who’s gonna lose,” said the twenty-two fight veteran. “Saturday night will really show that I’m ready for the fight. The outcome, you’ll know that on Saturday night.”
Kharitonov will meet Barnett at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio this Saturday night in the main event of Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov.