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Georgi Karakhanyan: Bubba Jenkins won't be able to take me down at Bellator 132

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Because the "Insane" one is not your normal jiu-jitsu black belt.

Georgi Karakhanyan prepares for Bubba Jenkins on January 16th.
Georgi Karakhanyan prepares for Bubba Jenkins on January 16th.
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Former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) featherweight champion, Georgi Karakhanyan, returns to Bellator on Friday night (Jan. 16, 2015) to meet red hot Bellator featherweight Bubba Jenkins, a two time All-American wrestler and winner of four straight.

If Karakhanyan wins on Friday and champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire retains his title, it sets up a possible showdown between the two, a rematch of the fight that sent Karakhanyan out the door and over to WSOF a few years back.

Karakhanyan spoke to MMAmania.com about the challenge that lays ahead and how he feels that jiu-jitsu is a bigger advantage for him than wrestling is for Mr. Jenkins.

"My jiu-jitsu is a different style. I think some of these fighters that go into the fight against me that think I have your normal black belt jiu-jitsu. I feel like it's different from all the fighters. If he does take me down he has to deal with my jiu-jitsu but that's a big IF and I don't think he's gonna be able to take me down."

Two world titles in two organizations and 13 out of 23 wins by submission prove that Karakhanyan is not just blowing smoke. Karakhanyan also believes his diet gives him an advantage over bulky fighters with poor cardio.

"I mainly juice a lot and I take all my supplements. I get some protein from black beans, brown rice, quinoa, but I'm not big into protein shakes or stuff like that. Back when I used to eat meat I was extremely big. I was walking around 185. Once I stopped eating meat I felt really light and flexible. I would recover faster so it helped me a lot."

Karakhanyan is brimming with confidence going into Friday's co-main event at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. In fact, he'd be perfectly happy to forget about rounds and fight non-stop.

"I wish there was no (five) minutes and you could just fight until someone gets knocked out or submitted. Yeah if you're gonna fight me, you better bring a gun or a knife to kill me outside that cage, or try to knock me out."

The last person to defeat Karakhanyan in Bellator is current featherweight champion Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, who fights in the main event on Friday against Daniel Straus. Karakhanyan says he's not the type to "call out names" but it's clear he'd be happy to get a rematch whether Freire retains the title or not.

"If I win the way I want to win, and Bellator or Scott Coker gives me the opportunity to fight Patricio, perfect. If they want me to fight another wrestler or another tough opponent, I'm down for that. The ultimate goal is like I said: I feel like I got beat by Patricio and (I want) to get that revenge back."

Tune in to Bellator 132 on Friday night to see if the returning Karakhanyan can earn that chance to face "Pitbull" again. MMAmania.com will have live coverage of Bellator all week long including the weigh-ins, fight predictions, fighter interviews and live fight results on Friday.

Audio of our interview with Karakhanyan is below.