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Sergei Kharitonov signs with Bellator

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Scott Coker is linking up with another familiar face.

Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov has signed an exclusive multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, according to sources close to the promotion. The Russian striker is currently expected to make his debut in May.

Kharitonov has won his last five fights in a row improving his professional MMA record to 23-5. He last fought for Coker in 2011 when he lost to Josh Barnett in the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Throughout his almost sixteen-year career, Kharitonov has defeated the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski. The 35-year-old has also dabbled in kickboxing, recently fighting for Glory and currently sitting at 6-4 professionally.

No word just yet on who Kharitonov will fight in his Bellator debut.

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