HDNet Fights Video Vault: Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tatsuya Mizuno at “Dynamite!! 2010”

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Feb 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm ET

Six weeks prior to his first-round destruction of former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski this past weekend in the opening round of Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix, Sergei Kharitonov took on Tatsuya Mizuno at the year-end DREAM “Dynamite!! 2010” event.

Now, as part of our weekly fight-of-the-week feature, we get another look at the bout.

But this edition of HDNet Fights Video Vault doesn’t last long.

Each week HDNet and MMAjunkie.com release a new and exclusive fight from the ever-growing HDNet Fights video library. Stunning knockouts, slick submissions, shocking finishes and legendary brawls are the norm for this weekly feature. Kharitonov vs. Mizuno is no exception.

Kharitonov (16-4), a once-very-active PRIDE fighter who competed just three times from 2008-2010, looked for his fourth win in five fights. More importantly, the Russian looked to rebound from a DREAM.8 submission loss to grappling ace and former UFC title contender Jeff Monson.

It was a good matchup for Kharitonov, who faced only a moderate risk of takedowns against Mizuno (8-6), who’s faltered in fights against notable opponents such as Thiago Silva, Gegard Mousasi and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

Could Mizuno finally get a signature victory, or would Kharitonov emerged victorious as the heavy favorite?

Check out the embedded clip for the answer.

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