The main event of the evening for Strikeforce Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov is, naturally, Josh Barnett vs. Sergei Kharitonov. This is the other half of the semifinals for the heavyweight grand prix. The referee in charge of the action is Dan Miragliotta.
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ROUND 1 - Both fighters open the frame orthodox. The fighters trade, Barnett eats an uppercut. Barnett clinches, gets perpendicular on Kharitonov and throws Kharitonov to the ground behind him. Barnett is in mount now and laying down hard punches. Barnett grapevines Kharitonov briefly. Kharitonov rolls and Barnett on his back now. After a little ground and pound, Kharitonov rolls and in the transition Barnett lands the head and arm triangle. After just a brief moment, Kharitonov taps.
Strikeforce results: Josh Barnett defeats Sergei Kharitonov by submission (head and arm triangle) at 4:28 of round 1.
Josh Barnett advances to the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix where he will face Daniel Cormier.