Last year in Beijing, Sergei Kharitanov and Kenny Garner fought for the better part of three rounds before the ringside doctor called off the fight. Eight months later, the two heavyweights will cross paths once again at M-1 Challenge 59 in Kazakhstan to determine a victor.
Moscow's Kharitanov is a veteran of promotions such as PRIDE Fighting Championships, DREAM and Strikeforce, where he holds wins over the likes of current UFC champion Fabricio Werdum, as well as Andrei Arlovski, Alistar Overeem and Pedro Rizzo. He is currently on a four-fight win streak dating back three years. His last loss took place under the Strikeforce banner against Josh Barnett in the heavyweight Grand Prix semi-final in 2011.
During their first meeting last November, Garner dominated the opening round and nearly found a submission against the durable Russian before momentum shifted back to Kharitanov late in the fight. Eventually, the ringside doctor stopped the fight for safety reasons.
Updated Fight Card
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Kenny Garner
Luigi Fioravanti vs. Sergey Kovalev.
Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Michal Wiencek
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