Russian MMA promotion fires fighter after mass brawl & ‘sex assault’ threats against rival
Armenian-American featherweight fighter Karakhanyan, 33, faced Russia’s Timur Nagibin at ACB 90 in Moscow earlier in November in an encounter that was marred by controversy before, during and after the fight.
Attempting to submit his opponent with a choke hold at the end of the first round, Karakhanyan shouted to referee Herb Dean that Nagibin had tapped, before releasing his grip in the apparent belief that he had won.
However, Nagibin was adamant that he had not submitted, and then launched a punch at a stunned Karakhanyan which came after the bell.
Nagibin was disqualified for the late attack and Karakhanyan was announced the winner.
The drama didn’t stop there, and as Nagibin was being escorted from the cage several of Karakhanyan’s fans initiated a mass brawl with the fighter and his team which required riot police to intervene.
ACB’s Athletic Commission has now ruled that Karakhanyan’s contract will be terminated, among other steps against the fighter.
“Georgi Karakhanyan: for the unprecedented unsportsmanlike behavior prior to the fight and during the fight, for simulating and trying to cheat the referee, which lead to conflicts and brawls in the cage and on the arena - Georgi will be disqualified,” a statement read.
It added: “The result of his fight against Timur Nagibin will be changed to NC as both fighters was disqualified.
“According to paragraph 5g of the contract between the fighter and promotion - the contract will be terminated and Georgi will be fired.”
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ACB 90 Athletic Commission hearing The list of participants is disciplinary hearing of ACB Athletic comission: Herb Dean - head ACB referee Lee Doyle - the head of ACB Athletic Comission Alexey Yacenko - vice-president of ACB Bryan Lasey - ACB’s commentator Ceasar Voicekhovskiy - ACB’s head judge Victor Korneev - ACB’s judge Lema Musaev - ACB’s doctor The main focus of the extraordinary meeting was the question of disciplinary and ethical behavior of some fighters, who competed at ACB 90 - Timur Nagibin, Georgi Karakhanyan and Mukhumat Vakhaev. The results of the meeting: 1) On Timur Nagibin’s protest: the disqualification won’t be overturned 2) Georgi Karakhanyan: for the unprecedented unsportsmanlike behavior prior to the fight and during the fight, for simulating and trying to cheat the referee, which lead to conflicts and brawls in the cage and on the arena - Georgi will be disqualified, the result of his fight against Timur Nagibin will be changed to NC as both fighters was disqualified. According to paragraph 5g of the contract between the fighter and promotion - the contract will be terminated and Georgi will be fired. 3) Mukhumat Vakhaev: for the unsportsmanlike behavior towards his opponent during the fight - he is to be fined for 20% of his purse.
Nagibin’s appeal for his disqualification to be overturned was also rejected by the commission.
Responding to the news, former Bellator fighter Karakhanyan rejected the suggestion that he had cheated, and said that he “give[s] 0 F***S!”
Karakhanyan – whose fighting moniker is ‘Insane’ – had a professional record of 28 wins and eight losses before the chaos in Moscow, while 25-year-old Nagibin had a slate of 14-3.
There were initially believed to be plans for a rematch between the pair, although evidently ACB has thought better of it, given the combustible circumstances surrounding their first fight.