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Strikeforce Live Blog: Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov Updates

Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov will be the co-main event on the Fedor vs. Silva card.This is the Strikeforce live blog for Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov, a heavyweight tournament bout on tonight's Strikeforce on Showtime event at the IZOD Center.

Arlovski vs. Kharitonov is a quarterfinal matchup in the 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The winner here will advance to meet in the semifinals the winner of Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers.

The live blog is below.

Despite the a three-fight slid, Arlovski is still a fan favorite. Nice little staredown during the glove touch.

Round 1: Kharitonov is in the middle with Arlovski circling close to the fence. Arlovski is very active with punches and even kicks. Arlovski grabs a one-arm clinch and shoots uppercuts. Kharitonov snaps Arlovski's head back with a jab. Arlovski with an uppercut. Arlovski seems to be scoring in the dirty boxing aspect of the fight, as Kharitonov's face is visibly red. Kharitonov stuns Arlovski with a right. Kharitonov sensing Arlovski hurt, goes for the finish. Kharitonov drops Arlovski with a leaping right hook. A right, left and another right puts Arlovski to sleep on the canvas.

Arlovski is out cold.

Kharitonov wins via KO - Round 1, 2:49

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