May 31, 1985 |
|Other names||Gogo, Insane|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Riverside, California|
S.K. Golden Boys Wrestling
|Trainer||Head Trainer: Romie Aram, Betiss Mansouri, Richard MCcorkell, Saad Adwar|
|Rank||Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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 Karate Do Shotokan 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, Spain and U.S. before coming to the United States and settling in Riverside, California.
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.
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 Georgi 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 the Bellator Fighting Championships to take part in their Season 2 Featherweight Tournament and Season 4 Featherweight Tournament. On December 2, 2011, Karakhanyan won the Tachi Palace Fights Featherweight Championship.
Bellator Fighting Championships
In 2009, Georgi signed with Bellator Fighting Championships 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 becoming the 145 lb Bellator 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 Fights
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 Fighting
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.
Georgi defeated Tatsuro Irie on May 5, 2012 in his promotional boxing debut at welterweight.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Tachi Palace Fights
- TPF Featherweight Champion (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||23 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||23–4–1||Rick Glenn||TKO (retirement)||World Series of Fighting 10||June 21, 2014||2||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Lost the WSOF Featherweight Championship|
|Win||23–3–1||Lance Palmer||Submission (guillotine choke)||World Series of Fighting 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)||World Series of Fighting 5||September 14, 2013||1||3:37||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||21–3–1||Din Thomas||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 19||April 12, 2013||3||5:00||Texas, USA|
|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 Tachi Palace Fights 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)||Tachi Palace Fights 11||December 2, 2011||1||4:02||Lemoore, California, United States||Won Tachi Palace Fights 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 4 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 2 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 2 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)||King of the Cage: Opposing Force||May 5, 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||King of the Cage: Epicenter||June 8, 2007||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Brent Wooten||Submission (guillotine choke)||King of the Cage: 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|
- "DREAM 18 - GLORY 4 NYE Results and Gifs: Georgi Karakhanyan beats up Hiroyuki Takaya". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- "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".
- Mike Bohn (2013-12-07). "WSOF 7 results: Georgi Karakhanyan submits Lance Palmer for inaugural featherweight title". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- Professional MMA record for Georgi Karakhanyan from Sherdog
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