Georgi Karakhanyan is an American professional mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Featherweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2006, Karakhanyan has also formerly competed for the Absolute Championship Berkut, World Series of Fighting, DREAM, Tachi Palace Fights, and King of the Cage. Karakhanyan is also the former WSOF Featherweight Champion.
|Born||May 29, 1985|
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||143.3 lb (65.0 kg; 10.24 st)|
|Reach||68.0 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Riverside, California, United States|
|Team||Treigning LAB Gym |
S.K. Golden Boys Wrestling
|Trainer||Head Trainer: Sam Calavitta , Saad Awad, Arnold Jimenez|
|Rank||Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
- 1 Background
- 2 Soccer
- 3 Mixed martial arts career
- 4 Boxing
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 Boxing record
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Georgi was born in Moscow to Armenian parents, but is now an American citizen. He was raised in Moscow, Russia. He was introduced to martial arts by his father at the age of six (Georgi’s father has a black belt third dan in Shotokan Karate and he’s also a Sambo expert). Georgi was just eight years old when he first fought in a full contact martial arts competition. He began training in martial arts at a young age, but found his true love in soccer. He competed at both the amateur and professional levels in Russia, Armenia, Spain and United Kingdom before coming to the United States and settling in Riverside, California. He is a devoted vegetarian.
Georgi’s dreams completely changed after the 1994 World Cup. Inspired by world soccer legends Ronaldo, Romario, Roberto Baggio and Gheorghe Hagi, Georgi made a strong decision to become a professional soccer player. He played in clubs Torpedo Moscow and Spartak Moscow. After Georgi’s family moved to Tarragona, Spain he continued practicing soccer with the professional club Gimnàstic de Tarragona (the largest club in the Provincia de Tarragona and one of the biggest in the Catalunya region). Georgi continued to pursue his passion for soccer after his family moved to the United States. He played with the distinguished soccer club, the San Diego Nomads, a U.S. Olympic Development Program for players under the age of 18. He also trained and played for the professional indoor soccer club, the San Diego Sockers of the MISL.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
After his soccer career, he began his MMA career while living and training at United Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Instructor, Rommel Dunbar in Riverside, California. Georgi made his first professional MMA debut on October 13, 2006 just after six months of training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Although Karakhanyan never dreamt about cage fighting, winning his very first fight against a veteran MMA fighter in the KOTC, gave him enormous confidence and belief that he is on the right path which fueled his desire to give MMA all he had. He joined Bellator to take part in their Season Two Featherweight Tournament and Season Four Featherweight Tournament. On December 2, 2011, Karakhanyan won the Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Championship.
In 2009, Georgi signed with Bellator and was part of the eight-man Featherweight Tournament of Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Two in 2010. In the first round, he took on the veteran fighter Bao Quach at Bellator 13. Karakhanyan won the fight via knockout (knee) at 4:05 of the first round, knocking Quach unconscious. In the semifinals, Georgi faced highly acclimated wrestler and World Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion Joe Warren (Ranked #8 Featherweight in the world) at Bellator 18 and lost the fight via unanimous decision. Joe Warren ended up winning the tournament and became the Bellator Featherweight Champion.
In 2011, Georgi returned for Bellator Fighting Championships: Season Four and faced Patricio Freire (Ranked #9 Featherweight in the world) in the first round. Karakhanyan lost via TKO (punches) in the third round. Patricio would also end up winning the tournament.
Tachi Palace FightsEdit
On December 2, 2011 at TPF 11: Redempton, Karakhanyan made his Tachi Palace Fights debut against former Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Champion Isaac DeJesus for the vacant Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Championship. De Jesus had never lost his title in a bout; he was stripped of it when he failed to make weight. Karakhanyan defeated De Jesus via triangle choke at 4:02 in the first round to become the new Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Champion.
Karakhanyan was scheduled to fight The Ultimate Fighter 14 participant Micah Miller on March 9, 2012 at TPF 12: Second Coming in the first defense of his title, but the fight was later canceled due to an illness from Karakhanyan. The bout was moved back to September 7, 2012 at TPF 14: Validation. Karakhanyan defeated Miller via unanimous decision to retain his Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Championship. Karakhanyan became the first Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Champion to defend his title.
He later vacated the title in 2013 when he signed with World Series of Fighting.
Georgi defeated DREAM Featherweight Champion Hiroyuki Takaya at DREAM 18 (DREAM 18 & GLORY 4 Tokyo) on December 31, 2012 via split decision. The scorecard that gave the fight to Takaya was highly controversial, as Karakhanyan was considered by many to be the clear winner.
World Series of FightingEdit
In November 2013, it was announced that Karakhanyan would be fighting for the inaugural WSOF Featherweight Championship against Rick Glenn at WSOF 7. But an injury to Glenn has forced him out of the title bout and replaced by undefeated featherweight Lance Palmer. Karakhanyan won the bout via submission in the third round to become WSOF's first featherweight champion.
Karakhanyan made the first defense of his title on June 21, 2014 at World Series of Fighting 10: Branch vs. Taylor against Rick Glenn. Despite controlling most of the first round via submission attempts, Karakhanyan lost his title when he elected not to continue between the second and third round due to a rib injury.
Return to BellatorEdit
In his return, Karakhanyan faced Bubba Jenkins on January 16, 2015 at Bellator 132. He won the fight via technical submission in the first round. After the bout, Scott Coker announced that Karakhanyan would fight for the Featherweight title next.
Karakhanyan was expected to challenge Patrício Freire for his Bellator Featherweight Championship in a rematch on June 19, 2015 at Bellator 138. However, Karakhanyan pulled out of the fight due to a torn ACL and was replaced by Bellator Season Ten Featherweight tournament winner Daniel Weichel.
After losing two fights in a row, Karakhanyan faced Bubba Jenkins in a rematch at Bellator 160 on August 26, 2016. Jenkins was favored to win the rematch, but Karakhanyan won again, this time via knock out the first minute into the first round.
Karakhanyan made a quick return to the cage as he faced Kirill Medvedovsky at Bellator 164 on November 10, 2016. He won the fight via TKO due to an injury in the first round.
Absolute Championship BerkutEdit
Karakhanyan faced Timur Nagibin at ACB 90 on November 10, 2018. In the first round, Karakhanyan locked a guillotine choke and claimed that Nagibin tapped to the choke just before the round's end. Karakhanyan released the choke when the referee intervened but at the time it was unclear whether it was due to the tap or the bell. Nevertheless, Nagibin hit Karakhanyan after the bell. Karakhanyan was clearly rocked and tried to wrestle his coach when he entered the cage. Due to the incident, Nagibin was disqualified immediately by officials. However, after the fight the promotion disqualified Karakhnanyan, blaming him to having faked being hurt and acted unsportsmanlike before the fight. Eventually, the bout was ruled as a no contest by the promotion. In Karakhanyan's response in social media, he claimed that the promotion officials encouraged him to trash talk even more as the fight was gaining attention. The promotion withheld Karakhanyan's win money and released him from his contract.
Second return to BellatorEdit
Georgi defeated Tatsuro Irie on May 5, 2012 in his promotional boxing debut at Welterweight.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Tachi Palace Fights
- TPF Featherweight Champion (One time)
- World Series of Fighting
- WSOF Featherweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||28 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||28–10–1 (1)||A.J. McKee||KO (punches)||Bellator 228||September 28, 2019||1||0:08||Inglewood, California, United States||Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Loss||28–9–1 (1)||Emmanuel Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 218||March 22, 2019||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|NC||28–8–1 (1)||Timur Nagibin||NC (Overturned by Promoter)||ACB 90: Vakhaev vs. Aliakbari||November 10, 2018||1||5:00||Moscow, Russia||Originally a DQ win for Karakhanyan after being hit after the bell; Promotion later overturned the ruling.|
|Win||28–8–1||Alexey Polpudnikov||Decision (unanimous)||ACB 86: Raisov vs. Balaev||May 5, 2018||3||5:00||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||27–8–1||Henry Corrales||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 192||January 20, 2018||3||5:00||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||27–7–1||Daniel Pineda||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 182||August 25, 2017||2||4:05||Verona, New York, United States|
|Loss||26–7–1||Emmanuel Sanchez||Decision (majority)||Bellator 170||January 21, 2017||3||5:00||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||26–6–1||Kirill Medvedovsky||TKO (injury)||Bellator 164||November 10, 2016||1||3:40||Tel Aviv, Israel|
|Win||25–6–1||Bubba Jenkins||KO (punch)||Bellator 160||August 26, 2016||1||0:53||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||24–6–1||Pat Curran||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 155||May 20, 2016||3||5:00||Boise, Idaho, United States|
|Loss||24–5–1||Daniel Weichel||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 147||December 4, 2015||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||24–4–1||Bubba Jenkins||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Bellator 132||January 16, 2015||1||1:49||Temecula, California, United States|
|Loss||23–4–1||Rick Glenn||TKO (retirement)||WSOF 10||June 21, 2014||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the WSOF Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||23–3–1||Lance Palmer||Submission (guillotine choke)||WSOF 7||December 7, 2013||3||4:40||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||Won the WSOF Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||22–3–1||Waylon Lowe||Submission (guillotine choke)||WSOF 5||September 14, 2013||1||3:37||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WSOF debut.|
|Win||21–3–1||Din Thomas||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 19||April 12, 2013||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||20–3–1||Hiroyuki Takaya||Decision (split)||DREAM 18||December 31, 2012||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||19–3–1||Micah Miller||Decision (unanimous)||Tachi Palace Fights 14||September 7, 2012||5||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States||Defended the TPF Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||18–3–1||Aaron Mobley||KO (punches)||Gladiator Challenge: Star Wars||April 29, 2012||1||1:03||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||17–3–1||Isaac DeJesus||Submission (triangle choke)||TPF 11: Redemption||December 2, 2011||1||4:02||Lemoore, California, United States||Won the TPF Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||16–3–1||Vince Ortiz||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BAMMA USA: Badbeat 2||June 11, 2011||1||2:01||Commerce, California, United States|
|Win||15–3–1||Anthony Hayes||Submission (triangle choke)||Gladiator Challenge||April 22, 2011||1||1:09||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||14–3–1||Patricio Freire||TKO (punches)||Bellator 37||March 19, 2011||3||0:56||Concho, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season Four Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||14–2–1||Anthony Leone||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 28||September 9, 2010||3||5:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||13–2–1||Joe Warren||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 18||May 13, 2010||3||5:00||Monroe, Louisiana, United States||Bellator Season Two Featherweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||13–1–1||Bao Quach||KO (knee)||Bellator 13||April 8, 2010||1||4:05||Hollywood, Florida, United States||Bellator Season Two Featherweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Win||12–1–1||Albert Rios||Decision (unanimous)||Call to Arms 1||May 16, 2009||3||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||11–1–1||Justin Salazar||Submission (armbar)||Missouri Total Fighting 4||December 20, 2008||1||3:11||Grain Valley, Missouri, United States|
|Win||10–1–1||James Pettus||Submission (guillotine choke)||Missouri Total Fighting 4||December 20, 2008||1||4:09||Grain Valley, Missouri, United States|
|Win||9–1–1||Jeff Sanchez||Submission (north-south choke)||GC 85: Cross Fire||October 25, 2008||1||1:12||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||8–1–1||Jesse Miramontes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Apocalypse Fights 2||October 9, 2008||1||1:50||Palm Springs, Florida, United States|
|Win||7–1–1||Justin Salazar||TKO (punches)||True Fight Fans||September 5, 2008||2||2:14||Grain Valley, Missouri, United States|
|Win||6–1–1||Daniel Perez||Submission (kimura)||Apocalypse Fights 1||August 7, 2008||1||N/A||Palm Springs, Florida, United States|
|Win||5–1–1||Armando Sanchez||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Opposing Force||May 15, 2008||3||5:00||Highland, California, United States|
|Loss||4–1–1||Chris David||Decision (split)||Gladiator Challenge 74: Evolution||February 16, 2008||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||4–0–1||Hildred Oliney||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WCO: Kerr vs. Gavin||November 7, 2007||1||N/A||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Win||3–0–1||Bobby Merrill||KO (flying knee and punches)||EFWC: The Untamed||October 6, 2007||2||0:09||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||2–0–1||Doug Dufur||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Galaxy Productions||August 24, 2007||1||1:46||California, United States|
|Draw||1–0–1||Juan Carlos Huerta||Draw||KOTC: Epicenter||June 8, 2007||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Brent Wooten||Submission (guillotine choke)||KOTC: BOOYAA||October 13, 2006||2||1:18||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Tatsuro Irie||UD||May 5, 2012||4||Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California||Boxing debut.|
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- "Rick Glenn vs. Georgi Karakhanyan to crown WSOF's first featherweight champion on Dec. 7".
- "GEORGI KARAKHANYAN TO FACE UNBEATEN LANCE PALMER FOR WSOF FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE".
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- "Sonnen unanimous over 'Rampage' at Bellator 192". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
- Guilherme Cruz (2018-02-20). "Bellator trims roster, parts ways with 13 fighters". mmafighting.com.
- "FORMER BELLATOR FIGHTER GEORGI KARAKHANYAN SIGNS WITH ACB MMA". acbmma.com. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
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- "Georgi Karakhanyan in for Grimshaw vs. Emmanuel Sanchez in Bellator 218 main event". mmajunkie.com. March 8, 2019.
- Professional MMA record for Georgi Karakhanyan from Sherdog
- Georgi Karakhanyan on Twitter
- Is Georgi Karakhanyan the Most Dangerous Featherweight in Bellator?
- Recapping With Georgi Karakhanyan - I Like To Fight A Lot
- Georgi Karakhanyan ~ The Humble And The Insane
- Fight Path: Bellator's Georgi Karakhanyan on the path from soccer star to "Insane"