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Georgi Karakhanyan: Doesn’t Like Nicknames, ran into walls

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Georgi Karakhanyan has been called insane before and that’s the moniker that he carries into the cage with him every time he steps in for a fight. The nickname fits, in a way, he certainly didn’t become a champion in two different organizations by playing it safe. But when I got the chance to speak to him ahead of his fight at Bellator 147 he was very calm and even joking around. He let me in on the origin of the nickname but also let me know that he’s not too fond of it.

“I was just doing a lot of bad stuff as a kid so my mother decided to give me the nickname. Running and hitting the wall with my forehead, I think that’s why my head is so big, from running into walls too much. Just throwing rocks at kid’s faces and breaking their noses and stuff. I’m not a big fan of nicknames. I just like people to know me for my first name and my really long ass last name.”

Prior to becoming one of the top featherweight fighters in the world, Karakhanyan played soccer and had potential to play at a professional level but ended up shifting to the world of MMA instead, when I asked what brought the change of focus, he explained a series of factors that played a role.

“After I got back from Mexico, the team I was trying out for wanted me to do some stuff that my parents didn’t agree with and I was behind in high school credit anyway. So I got back and didn’t want want to play anymore because I always wanted to play high, high level like in Europe but decided to focus on college and I was making a good amount of money in construction anyway. A friend of mine was doing jiu-jitsu and he asked me to try it out. At first I didn’t like it, it was kind of boring. After about 6 months I got my 1st fight at KOC just out of nowhere I walked in the gym and they said ‘hey, you wanna step in and fight for this guy’. I didn’t know anything else, just the guillotine. I won the fight but still didn’t take it seriously til about my 4th or 5th fight and that’s when I decided to start fighting full time”

His upcoming fight at 147 will be only his 2nd fight this year and his 1st fight back since suffering an injury that forced him out of a shot at the Featherweight title. When I asked about how everything (getting injured, losing the title shot) affected him, he took a very pragmatic outlook.

“I think it just makes me mentally more crazy. The beginning was hard but it’s just something you have to deal with. Playing soccer for 12 years, MMA for 10 years. I have a fight in front of me. We’re professional athletes, anything can happen at anytime, you just have to deal with it and I’ve dealt with it.”

His opponent is actually the man who stepped in for him when he was injured and got the title shot that Karakhanyan was originally slated for. But he doesn’t hold any animosity towards Daniel Weichel.

“I’m not taking anything personal. He’s been doing good in Bellator and he earned that shot. I’m just going out there with no emotions towards him, he’s just another fight.”

Someone that Karakhanyan has had personal issues with in the past is former champion Patricio “Pitbull” Friere. The two have had confrontations in the past and looked to be on a collision course before Karakhanyan suffered his injury and Friere lost his belt to Daniel Straus. Karakhanyan seems willing to let bygones be bygones for now, although that could change depending on how Friere acts.

“I’m focused on Daniel. Pitbull has his career, I have my career. If he tries to get in my face then he’ll get bitch slapped. If you respect me then I’ll respect him but if you cross a line then I turn into a very, very bad person and can do some stupid things that I shouldn’t do. But I’m focused on Weichel and have nothing against him”

When it comes to a game plan against Daniel Weichel, Karakhanyan has a preference but really only cares about one thing, making it exciting.

“We both signed the contract so we both think we’re better than each other. I’m just ready for anything, I’d like to keep it standing but as soon as I start pressuring, people want to go to the ground. I’m looking to go for the finish, I hate hugging and humping each other so I’m just looking for an exciting fight”

One thing is almost certain in any fight that Georgi Karakhanyan is in, it’s bound to be exciting. Be sure to tune into Bellator 147, Friday, December 4th on Spike as he takes on Daniel Weichel in a quest to finally get his shot at Bellator gold.

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Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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