- Name: Georgi Karakhanyan
- Pro MMA Record: 29-11-1, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: Insane
- Current Streak: 1 Loss
- Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1985.05.29
- Last Fight: August 07, 2020 in BFC
- Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs
- Affiliation: Millennia MMA
- Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 67.5" (171cm)
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $199,000 USD
- Born: Moscow, Russia
- Fighting out of: Riverside, California
- College: N/A
- Foundation Style: BJJ
- Head Coach: Romie Aram, Betiss Mansouri
- Other Coaches: N/A
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Georgi Karakhanyan is an Russian-American mixed martial arts fighter born in Moscow, Russia on May 29, 1985. Georgi is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt who competes primarily in the featherweight division. He is also the current Tachi Palace Fights featherweight titleholder.
Georgi has a long history and background in mixed martial arts as his father who was a black belt in Karate Do Shotokan and Sambo expert introduced him to the martial arts world at the age of 6. 2 years later, Georgi competed in his first full contact martial arts competition. Despite being introduced into the martial arts world at an early age in life, Georgi found his true passion in football.
His dream of become a professional football player came mainly after the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Georgi credits football legends such as Brazilians Ronaldo and Romario, Italian Roberto Baggio and Romanian Georghe Hagi, While pursuing his dream of becoming a professional football player, Georgi played for Russian clubs Torpedo Moscow and Spartak Moscow. His family moved to Spain and America and Georgi still kept his dreams of becoming a football player alive competing for various clubs in those countries.
While in California, Georgi put his football career aside and he began his mixed martial arts career where he began training at United Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with instructor Rommel Dunbar, Georgi made his professional MMA debut on October 13, 2006 where he defeated Brent Wooten by submission with a guillotine choke in King of the Cage.
Since making his MMA debut, Georgi has found much success competing in various regional organizations across America such as King of the Cage and Tachi Palace Fights where he captured the featherweight title defeating Isaac de Jesus by submission in 4:02 of the first round with a triangle choke at Tachi Palace Fights 11: Redemption. Georgi also successfully defended the title against Micah Miller defeating him by unanimous decision at Tachi Palace Fights 14: Redemption.
Georgi has also gone mainstream competing for Bellator where he competed in the season 2 featherweight tournament where he made it to the semifinal defeating Bao Quach at Bellator 13 and losing to Joe Warren at Bellator 18. Georgi also competed in the season 4 featherweight tournament where he was defeated in the first round being KO'd for the first time in his professional career by Brazilian Patricio "Pitbull" Freire at Bellator 37.
Aside from competing all over American soil, Georgi has also fought in the land of the rising sun, Japan, where he fought at the DREAM 18: Special NYE 2012 event where he defeated the DREAM featherweight titleholder Hiroyuki Takaya by a controversial split decision in which Georgi clearly dominated Takaya in.
Georgi has also competed in professional boxing where he has an undefeated flawless 1-0 record where he defeated Japanese fighter Tatsuro Irie by unanimous decision after 4 rounds at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California on May 5, 2012.