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Mixed martial artist Sergey Kharitonov reacted to the challenge of the first Russian UFC champion Oleg Taktarov.
Earlier, the 52-year-old athlete proposed Kharitonov to conduct sparring according to the rules of the fight and teach "to glorify the homeland in the international arena."
– I'll be honest, both of them (Alexander Emelianenko and Oleg Taktarov – approx. red) wake up with a serious binge and begin to throw calls. A few days ago, Taktarov challenged, but I only found out today that Taktarov challenged me to battle. To fight with him, I need to tie my hands behind my back or make an agreement so that I run 42 kilometers before this and the forces are more or less equal.
– A person says inadequate things. This is all alcohol. I’m not saying that he is the wrong athlete, he was successful. But alcohol does inappropriate things to a person. I won’t go to the battle, I repeat, either hands need to be tied or something to make it interesting to watch this fight. I am 39 years old, Oleg is already 52 years old. If someone is interested in organizing this fight, I repeat – I will not quit, it is necessary that there are equal conditions. I need to come up with a test so that the forces are equal, ”Kharitonov said at a press conference before the GFC 18 tournament.
Recall that on November 14, a 39-year-old fighter will meet with Briton Linton Wassell at Bellator 234. Kharitonov’s track record in MMA is 37 fights, in which he won 29 victories.