It looks as though Sergei Kharitonov has joined the ever-deepening pool of talent slated to participate on New Year’s Eve at “Dynamite: The Power of Courage” in Saitama, Japan. Kharitonov, who is the last man to have beaten Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem, will face judoka Tatsuya Mizuno at the event.
News of the pairing was reported by MMAFighting.
Though the 16-4 Russian has been out of action since a submission loss to Jeff Monson in April 2009 he is only a few years removed from being considered one of the toughest draws in the heavyweight division. In addition to his 2007 knockout of Overeem, Kharitonov holds wins over Fabricio Werdum and Pedro Rizzo. Fifteen of his sixteen total victories have been the result of a finishing performance with a near-even split between TKOs/submissions.
Mizuno has been slightly more active in 2010, as the December 31 bout marks his third in-ring appearance of the year after going 1-1 against Melvin Manhoef and Gegard Mousasi in separate DREAM appearances.
The inclusion of Kharitonov vs. Mizuno to the annual NYE extravaganza will run the number of total match-ups to eleven with a handful of others still expected for unveiling in the coming weeks.