PRIDE 31 PRE FIGHT INTERVIEWS
02/26/2006
Sergei Kharitonov

Sergei Kharitonov: The injury that I got in October fighting Fabricio was worse than I thought and I've been working hard to recover as quickly as possible. There was nothing wrong with the bone but I had a dent in my side and it took 1~2 and a half months to recover. I started training again this year. You can decide how much I've recovered after you watch this fight.
I don't think the weight difference matters much as long as you don't exceed 100kg. When both fighters are greater than 100kg, weight differences will affect the fight. However, in this case, you can also say that the lighter fighter can move quickly and the heavier fighter will be slow. In this fight, I don't think you can say that the Heavyweight fighter has an advantage just because he's fighting someone that normally fights as a Middleweight.
I think all of the moves that Alistair is good at are dangerous. I have to defend against attacks where he uses his legs in particular and I have to be careful of his (guillotine) choke. I've though of several strategies for his knee kicks. Of course, I'm confident that he won't hit me. I plan on attacking him without taking hits from him.
I don't have any particular technique that I want everyone to watch for but I think the fight itself will be something the fans can enjoy. I will give a great fight so I want the fans to be excited. This is my first fight since I was injured so I'm looking forward to it too. The Open Weight Grand Prix? Let's look at the results of this fight first. I think we'll know then.
Yes, I'm still serving in the military. What do I do? That's a secret, of course.