PRESS RELEASE: 12.14.21 Russian legend Sergei Kharitonov replaces 'Bigfoot' Silva at Eagle FC 44

Russian legend Sergei Kharitonov replaces 'Bigfoot' Silva at Eagle FC 44

Kharitonov now faces Tyrone Spong in the headlining bout of Jan. 28 event

MIAMI – Eagle FC, the promotion founded by undefeated MMA legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, is proud to announce that Russian MMA and kickboxing legend Sergei Kharitonov has stepped into a headlining slot and will now face multiple-time kickboxing world champion Tyrone Spong in the main event of Eagle FC 44 on Friday, Jan. 28.

Kharitonov fills in for previously announced headliner Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, who was forced to withdraw from the card.

"Eagle FC 44: Spong vs. Kharitonov," which will be held at the brand new FLX Arena and streams live on the FLXcast app, marks the first card for Eagle FC to take place in the U.S.

"While we were certainly disappointed to lose 'Bigfoot' in our main event, we are incredibly excited to welcome Sergei Kharitonov to our organization," Eagle FC CEO Rizvan Magomedov said. "Like Tyrone Spong, Sergei also has an extensive list of accomplishments in kickboxing, and his previous opponents in MMA include the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Aleksander Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Alistair Overeem, Pedro Rizzo and Fabricio Werdum, to name just a few. 

"This should be an explosive main event between two gifted and incredibly devastating strikers."

Spong, Kharitonov and UFC Hall of Famer Rashad Evans will join Nurmagomedov, Magomedov and FLX Media CEO Alan McGlade at Eagle FC's kick-off press conference this Wednesday, Dec. 15. Interview opportunities will be available following the press conference, as well as a tour of the incredible production facility. 


For further information or inquiries, or to RSVP for the Dec. 15 press conference, please contact Daniela Morgan at press@eagleonflx.com.

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ABOUT EAGLE FC:

Founded by one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and managed by CEO Rizvan Magomedov, Eagle FC is the MMA league that was built for the people, by the people, with the intent of putting our fighters and fans first. Featuring elite talent from around the globe, Eagle FC began promoting top-level cards in 2017 and seeks to find athletes who, like the promotion, are obsessed with greatness. New events are staged every month in the U.S. and select international locations.

ABOUT FLX MEDIA:

Working under the guidance of CEO Alan McGlade, FLX Media is a dynamic media entertainment company that is wholly responsible for the development and production of live and taped Eagle FC programming, as well as the global distribution of all Eagle FC content. U.S.-based MMA events are held at the state-of-the-art FLX Arena in Miami. All live and on-demand programs are distributed internationally to more than 200 countries via the FLXcast apps. MMA fans can sign up at GoFLX.com.

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