PRIDE FC has officially announced that Sergei Kharitonov will be fighting Mike Russow at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming.
Kharitonov was originally scheduled to face Dutch striker Gilbert Yvel but the fight was dropped when the NSAC denied Yvel’s VISA application. Yvel’s application was denied due to an incident that took place in the past where is punched, then kicked a referee. Kharitonov who is currently on a two fight losing skid will now be facing Mike Russow who is 3-0 with 1 NC.
It has also been announced that Yoshido Dojo member, Kazuhiro Nakamura, has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Travis Wiuff due to a knee injury suffered while training. To this point PRIDE still has not found a replacement for Wiuff.