"Until the grand prix semifinals I'll definitely have 2-3 fights. I want to keep myself in a good shape. You can always train hard, but without competing it will only have a negative effect during the fight. I had four fights during the recent months. I'm always in shape, and always ready to fight, both physically and mentally. So I think in this case more is better. And I would advise the same thing to Fedor Emelianenko. He needs more fights to get back on top."
After knocking out Andrei Arlovski in the quaterfinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix back on Feb. 12, Russian bomber Sergei Kharitonov expects to compete a handful of times before returning for the tournament's second round later this year. Strikeforce allows its fighters the freedom to compete outside of the promotion but will his busy fight schedule raise Kharitonov's stock? Or devalue his marketability? That all depends on his success inside the cage (or ring) and his ability to avoid injuries. And should fallen "Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko follow his comrade's advice?