Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales set for Bellator 192 in Southern California

Bellator’s return to Southern California has a new featherweight fight headed for the show.

Former WSOF champion Georgi Karakhanyan (28-7-1 MMA, 6-5 BMMA) is set to take on Henry Corrales (14-3 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) at Bellator 192 in January. Promotion officials recently announced the new booking, which is expected to be part of the main card.

Bellator 192 takes place Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. The event features a welterweight title fight between champion Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald, as well as the first fight in the opening round of the 2018 heavyweight grand prix between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen.

Karakhanyan returned to Bellator nearly three years ago after a three-fight run for WSOF that saw him submit Lance Palmer to win the featherweight title. But after he lost it to Rick Glenn six months later, he came to Bellator, for which he fought four times earlier in his career.

After dropping two of his first three in his return, he has surged in the past year and a half with a 53-second knockout of Bubba Jenkins in August 2016, a first-round TKO win over Kirill Medvedovsky a year ago and a second-round TKO from a doctor’s stoppage over Daniel Pineda at Bellator 182 in August. That win got him back on track after a majority decision loss to Emmanuel Sanchez in January.

Henry Corrales

Corrales revived his career in 2017 with his first two wins under the Bellator banner. He started his career with the promotion on a three-fight skid with a submission loss to Daniel Straus, a split-decision loss to Sanchez and a submission loss to Patricio Freire. Straus is a former featherwieght champion and Freire is the current champ.

But in January at Bellator 170, he got back on track with a third-round knockout of UFC veteran Cody Bollinger to snap the three-fight skid, which had come after a perfect 14-0 start to his career. And in August at Bellator 182, he took a unanimous decision from another UFC vet, Noad Lahat.

The latest Bellator 192 card now includes:

  • Champ Douglas Lima vs. Rory MacDonald – for welterweight title
  • Quinton Jackson vs. Chael Sonnen – heavyweight grand prix opening round
  • Michael Chandler vs. Goiti Yamauchi
  • Henry Corrales vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
  • Cooper Gibson vs. Jacob Rosales
  • Noah Tillis vs. Jalin Turner

For more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie