Georgi Karakhanyan (17-3) captured the 145-pound strap in the evening's main event, forcing Isaac DeJesus (10-4) to submit to a triangle choke at 4:02 of the opening frame. It was the third straight win for the four-time Bellator Fighting Championships veteran and his 12th career triumph via submission.
"It was really deep; I heard him gurgling -- he was making noises," Karakhanyan said of the finish. "The referee stopped the fight. I was happy. I'm just ready to defend the belt and whip someone's ass."
Despite clearly tapping his hand four times against the face of his opponent, DeJesus protested the stoppage at the bout's conclusion. The former TPF featherweight champion was able to escape from one precarious situation earlier in the round when Karakhanyan appeared to him trapped in an armbar. Much to the surprise of his opponent, DeJesus somehow managed to escape the predicament.
"When I went for went for the armbar ...he was screaming, (I thought) he was tapping, but then I kept going. On the ground is my game," Karakhanyan said.
DeJesus, who is now winless in his last four TPF appearances, dove back into Karkanyan's guard, where "Insane" was able to secure the decisive choke.
Dec 02, 2011 By Tristen Critchfield