Karen Darabedyan

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Karen Darabedyan
Born (1986-12-18) December 18, 1986 (age 37)
Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach68 in (170 cm)
Fighting out ofGlendale, California, United States
TeamHayastan MMA Academy
Main Event Gym
Glendale Fight Club
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission5
By decision6
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Karen Darabedyan (Armenian: Կարեն Դարաբեդյան,[1] born December 18, 1986) is an Armenian-American professional mixed martial artist and the founder of KD MMA Training Center in Glendale, CA. 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.[2][3]


Darabedyan is an Armenian mixed martial arts fighter who has positioned himself as a well-rounded athlete through diverse and extensive training. He began studying karate at the age of 5 and taekwondo at the age of 9, earning his black belt in both by age 18.[2][4]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Drawing on his diverse training, 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 Darabedyan's strong judo and grappling background, he tends to favor keeping the fight on his feet and striking.

He trained with Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell as well as Roma Kalantaryan at Main Event Gym in Glendale.[3]

WEC career[edit]

He made his WEC debut by defeating former WEC Lightweight Champion Rob McCullough on November 18, 2009, at WEC 44.[5]

Darabedyan lost via armbar to Bart Palaszewski on March 6, 2010, at WEC 47.[6]

He then faced Will Kerr on June 20, 2010, at WEC 49.[7] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

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.[8]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
20 matches 14 wins 6 losses
By knockout 3 2
By submission 5 2
By decision 6 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Armenia MMA - 🎬 Կարեն Դարաբեդյան 💥 Առաջին հայ մարտիկներից".
  2. ^ a b c "A Fighting Chance For HyeFIghter Karen Darabedyan". HyeFighters. November 17, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Reyes, Kate (March 9, 2016). "The Best of MMA: Karen Darabedyan". http://www.hollywoodglammagazine.com. Retrieved March 9, 2016. {{cite news}}: External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Fight Path: "Thrilla in Manilla" site helped launch WEC newcomer Karen Darabedyan's career". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-11-05.
  5. ^ "WEC 44 fight card complete with addition of newcomer Karen Darabedyan". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Karen Darabedyan vs. Will Kerr added to June's "WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus"". mmajunkie.com. 2010-04-26.
  8. ^ "Villasenor vs. Villefort, Darabedyan vs. Straus official for Shark Fights 13". Archived from the original on September 9, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2010.

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