Georgi Karakhanyan Says He Nearly Quit During His WSOF 7 Win
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.08.2013
After getting poked in the eye...
Georgi Karakhanyan spoke last night after submitting Lance Palmer to win the inaugural WSOF featherweight title. Check out the highlights:
On nearly giving up after getting poked in the eye: "I was really close to saying I couldn't continue. I didn't even start to see clear until the beginning of the third round."
On his win: "I'm really happy with my performance. My fight was going into deep waters, and it was all about the heart and the mental – how tough I could stay. I felt I could find the finish. I knew I could get the finish and I'm extremely happy I did it."
On nearly submitting Palmer with an armbar and then a heel hook: "The first armbar I went for, his arm popped. Of course, he didn't tap. Then I went for a heel hook and his knee popped. So I was impressed how tough he was."
On keeping with his gameplan: "I knew if we went to the ground, I could get him because I attack differently than any other MMA fighter. If he took me down, I wasn't worried. So I was satisfied with my wrestling."
On getting his first world title: "I had to stay strong mentally there, and I think my experience played a role. I'm very happy to be the first WSOF champion."