Georgi Karakhanyan seeks to double wage on subsequent Bellator contract

Filling in on quick discover isn’t any downside for Georgi Karakhanyan and he hopes it pays off in a giant manner.

At Bellator 266, Karakhanyan (31-11-1 MMA, 9-9 BMMA) will fill in for the injured Adam Piccolotti to face Saul Rogers (14-4 MMA, 2-2 BMMA). The bout can be Karakhanyan’s fifth bout with the promotion within the light-weight division, after shifting up from featherweight in 2020.

Karakhanyan was already in nice form from coaching with upcoming UFC featherweight title challenger Brian Ortega, so taking a battle on quick discover was no downside for the 40-plus battle veteran.

“I really feel good, I simply really feel just like the previous Georgi,” Karakhanyan advised MMA Junkie Radio. “They (Bellator) have been telling me that I wouldn’t be on the Russia card, I stated, ‘I’ll be prepared, name me. If anybody falls aside, can’t make it, or will get injured, name me.’”

The decision did come, however a very powerful half for Karakhanyan, although, is that this quick discover battle would be the final battle on his present Bellator contract. He hopes a formidable efficiency on this spot will repay in a giant manner for his subsequent deal, hopefully with the promotion he considers his residence, Bellator. Nonetheless, if a extra profitable provide is on the market elsewhere, he could think about his most suitable choice.

“Scott Coker and everybody with Bellator has been actually cool with me,” Karakhanyan stated. “That is my nineteenth battle truly with Bellator. Me asking to get double what I’m making proper now means nothing. I do know they pay large cash to a variety of fighters, however I wouldn’t thoughts procuring round to see what’s occurring too.”

Since shifting to light-weight, Karakhanyan has gone 3-1 within the division, together with two submission stoppages over opponents Paul Redmond and Kiefer Crosbie.

Bellator 266 takes place Sept. 18 at SAP Middle in San Jose, Calif. The primary card airs on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.

Take a look at Karakhanyan talking on his contract state of affairs within the video above and watch the complete interview under.

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