Georgi Karakhanyan will go for the vacant World Series of Fighting featherweight title this Saturday against Lance Palmer in the main event of WSOF 7 from Canada.
Karakhanyan (22-3-1) hasn’t lost since a 2011 TKO defeat while competing for Bellator against Patricio Freire. That includes eight straight wins, including a recent submission victory vs. Waylon Lowe.
In Palmer, Karakhanyan knows he is facing a top-notch wrestler who excelled at the Ohio State University and is a member of Team Alpha Male alongside UFC fighters Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez and Chad Mendes.
“I know Lance comes from a good wrestling background and trains with a good team. But at the end of the day it’s an MMA fight and so once that door’s locks it doesn’t matter,” said Karakhanyan, during a recent press conference. “It’s not a wrestling match. I’m looking to go out there and finish.
“I like to fight, and I don’t mind getting punched in the face. And I don’t mind punching him back. I’m just looking to go out there and put on an exciting fight for the Canadian fans. And I’m going for a finish.”
Karakhanyan is a former Tachi Palace Fights featherweight champion and claimed a Grapplers Quest title in 2012. Of his 22 career wins, 12 have come via submission and four more from knockout.
“I think I’ve just learned how to win fights and how to break my opponents,” he said. “I used to look to go into a fight and finish right away and if I didn’t then I would get discouraged.
“But I’ve learned from it. I’m in the gym every day unless I’m over-trained or sick. I’m always trying to learn and work on my weaknesses. I’m just learning how to perform under the bright lights once that door locks and all the people are watching.”