December 18, 1986|
Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||68 in (170 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Judo, TKD, Karate, BJJ|
|Fighting out of||Glendale, California, United States|
Hayastan MMA Academy|
Main Event Gym
Glendale Fight Club
Black belt in Judo|
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Karate
Black belt in Taekwondo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Karen Darabedyan (born December 18, 1986) is an Armenian professional mixed martial artist. He is best known for fighting in WEC's lightweight division. Darabedyan is a training partner of Karo Parisyan and Manvel Gamburyan. He had a 12-0 amateur boxing record before he began MMA.
Karen is an Armenian mixed martial arts fighter who has positioned himself as a well-rounded athlete through diverse and extensive training. Darabedyan began studying karate at the age of 5 and taekwondo at the age of 9, earning his black belt in both by age 18.
He began expanding his martial arts training in junior high by taking up boxing, kick boxing, judo and wrestling; earning a black belt in judo by age 16 and achieving a 12-0 amateur boxing record by 18. During high school, he claimed two judo state championship titles and placed third in the nation. At age 16, Darabedyan entered the world of grappling, placing 1st in the Intermediate Men's No-Gi Lightweight division at the 2004 Grapplers Quest West 5 and winning 1st place at under 189.9 pounds in the 2007 World Grappling Games Best of West.
Drawing on his diverse training, Karen Darabedyan competed in his first mixed martial arts fight at age 18, claiming a win in the first round by KO. Since then, he has compiled a 9-4 record. Despite Karen’s strong judo and grappling background, he tends to favor keeping the fight on his feet and striking. Karen currently trains with Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell as well as Roma Kalantaryan at Main Event Gym in Glendale.
Darabedyan was expected to face fellow WEC veteran Marcus Hicks on September 11, 2010 at Shark Fights 13 but Hicks was forced off the card with an injury. Instead, he faced Daniel Mason-Straus and lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||14 wins||6 losses|
|Win||14–6||Dave Terrel||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Fighters MMA - Ready for War||October 7, 2017||3||5:00||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Win||13–6||Sam Liera||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Legacy Fighting Alliance 13||June 2, 2017||2||1:46||Burbank, California, United States|
|Loss||12–6||Christos Giagos||TKO (punches)||RFA 38: Moises vs. Emmers||June 3, 2016||1||1:42||Costa Mesa, California, United States|
|Win||12–5||Joe Condon||Submission (guillotine choke)||CXF 2 - Gold Rush||April 22, 2016||1||1:12||Studio City, California, United States|
|Win||11–5||Pablo Sabori||Submission (guillotine choke)||Lights Out / Bash Entertainment - Fight Night at Sportsmen's Lodge 5||March 4, 2016||1||4:07||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||10–5||L. John Borges||Submission (guillotine choke)||NFA: Valley Invasion 4||August 8, 2014||1||1:09||Woodland Hills, California, United States||Return to Lightweight|
|Loss||9–5||Mike Brazzle||TKO (punches)||ShoFight 20||June 16, 2012||1||4:15||Springfield, Missouri, United States||Welterweight|
|Loss||9–4||Daniel Mason-Straus||Decision (unanimous)||Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs Prangley||September 11, 2010||3||5:00||Amarillo, Texas, United States|
|Loss||9–3||Will Kerr||Submission (armbar)||WEC 49||June 20, 2010||1||1:20||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||9–2||Bart Palaszewski||Submission (armbar)||WEC 47||March 6, 2010||1||4:40||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||9–1||Rob McCullough||Decision (split)||WEC 44||November 18, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–1||Estevan Payan||TKO (punches)||Shark Fights 6: Stars & Stripes||September 12, 2009||1||1:20||Amarillo, Texas, United States|
|Win||7–1||Joe Camacho||TKO||Call to Arms I||May 16, 2009||1||5:00||Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||6–1||Tony Ferguson||Decision (unanimous)||All Star Boxing: Caged in the Cannon||February 6, 2009||3||5:00||Montebello, California, United States|
|Win||5–1||Saad Awad||Decision (split)||Gladiator Challenge||January 25, 2009||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||4–1||Jared Papazian||Submission (rear naked choke)||Total Fighting Alliance 12||September 13, 2008||1||1:36||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Win||3–1||Anthony McDavitt||Decision (unanimous)||Long Beach Fight Night||August 17, 2008||3||5:00||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Koji Oishi||Decision (unanimous)||Plainum Fighting Productions - Ring of Fire||December 9, 2007||3||5:00||Manila, Philippines|
|Win||2–0||Luke Adams||Decision (unanimous)||EFWC - The Untamed||October 6, 2007||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Joe Alvarado||TKO||California Xtreme Fighting 2||July 15, 2006||1||2:06||Upland, California, United States|
- "A Fighting Chance For HyeFIghter Karen Darabedyan". HyeFighters. November 17, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
- Reyes, Kate (March 9, 2016). "The Best of MMA: Karen Darabedyan". Hollywood Glam Magazine. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
- "Fight Path: "Thrilla in Manilla" site helped launch WEC newcomer Karen Darabedyan's career". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
- "WEC 44 fight card complete with addition of newcomer Karen Darabedyan". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
- "Karen Darabedyan vs. Bart Palaszewski added to WEC 47 main card in Ohio". mmajunkie.com. 2010-01-26. Archived from the original on 2010-01-29.
- "Karen Darabedyan vs. Will Kerr added to June's "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus"". mmajunkie.com. 2010-04-26.
- "Villasenor vs. Villefort, Darabedyan vs. Straus official for Shark Fights 13". Archived from the original on September 9, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010.