Bellator 182's Georgi Karakhanyan says he's still hungry, has much left in the tank

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It hasn’t been the easiest three years or so for Georgi Karakhanyan, but the veteran featherweight says he’s still got plenty left in him.

Karakhanyan won WSOF’s featherweight title in December 2013 when he submitted Lance Palmer. But in his first defense six months later, he was stopped by Rick Glenn and lost the belt. He headed to Bellator after that, but has managed just a 3-3 record in the six fights in his second stint with the promotion.

On Friday, Karakhanyan (26-7-1 MMA, 5-5 BMMA) takes on Daniel Pineda (22-12 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) at Bellator 182, which takes place at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. The main card airs on Spike following prelims, including Karakhanyan-Pineda, on MMAjunkie.

“I’m still hungry,” Karakhanyan told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m still training with the same drive. I’m still training like I’m 21. If I wake up one day and don’t have that motivation, then there’s no point of fighting. I still have big goals – big, big plans. I get this question a lot about my age, but I still have the same big plans and big goals.”

Karakhanyan turned 32 in May. By conservative estimates, he still could have quite a few years left in the sport. On Friday, a win over Pineda could be crucial for the Moscow-born California resident.

Prior to surrendering his WSOF title to Rick Glenn, he was on a nine-fight winning streak. But when he’s gone up against slightly tougher competition since then, he hasn’t been able to get his hand raised.

Since returning to Bellator, Karakhanyan has decision losses to Daniel Weichel, former champ Pat Curran and Emmanuel Sanchez, the latter coming at Bellator 170 in January. His wins are over Bubba Jenkins twice and Kirill Medvedovsky, all by finish. A win over Pineda might start to raise his stock again, given his opponent is a seven-fight UFC veteran.

“(What stands out is he’s) overall, well-rounded – a good grinder,” Karakhanyan said. “He’s a good wrestler and mixes up real good. But skill-wise, I don’t think he matches up with me. (When) fight day comes, we’ll see.”

Karakhanyan said he has one more fight on his contract with Bellator after the Pineda bout, and after that, he’s open to moving on – perhaps even to a promotion like ACB in Russia.

“From what I’m hearing, they want to keep me busy, so they said, ‘You’ll have one more fight this year,’” Karakhanyan said. “After that, we’ll see if I stay there or – the Russians are paying real good money, so maybe we’ll just travel there.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2509 with Heath Herring and Georgi Karakhanyan

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Heath Herring and Georgi Karakhanyan.

Former UFC and Pride heavyweight Herring was in studio to co-host. Karakhanyan fights Daniel Pineda Aug. 25 at Bellator 182.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Heath Herring and Georgi Karakhanyan

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Heath Herring and Georgi Karakhanyan.

Veteran MMA fighter and commentator is our in-studio guest host. Karakhanyan fights Daniel Pineda on Aug. 25 at Bellator 182.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Pineda set for Bellator 182 in August

Bellator announced today that a featherweight bout between former World Series of Fighting champion Georgi Karakhanyan and UFC veteran Daniel Pineda has been set for Bellator 182.

Bellator 182, which is headlined by Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chidi Njokuani, takes place  Aug. 25 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona N.Y. and airs on Spike TV. Karakhanyan-Pineda is slated for the prelims, which stream on MMAjunkie.

Karakhanyan (27-7-1 MMA, 6-6 BMMA) will enter looking to rebound from a tough loss in January at Bellator 170, dropping a majority decision to Emmanuel Sanchez. Prior to that setback, Karakhanyan was riding the momentum of back-to-back stoppage wins. In his second Bellator stint since losing the WSOF title in 2014, Karakhanyan is 3-3.

Pineda (22-12 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) has been on an upswing since leaving the UFC in 2014, winning four of five fights. That includes a submission victory in his most recent fight vs. Mark Dickman, who tapped out to a rear-naked choke last September at Bellator 161.

The Bellator 182 card includes:

  • Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chidi Njokuani
  • Fernando Gonzalez vs. Brennan Ward
  • A.J. McKee vs. opponent TBD
  • GKarakhanyan vs. Daniel Pineda

For more on Bellator 182 visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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