Karakhanyan competed in Bellator’s Season 2 tournament, falling to
eventual champion Joe Warren in
the semis after knocking out Bao Quach in the
first round. Prior to his defeat to Warren in 2010, the 25-year-old
had lost only once over his three-year professional career. A brown
belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Karakhanyan owns eight of his 14 career
victories by submission.
Only 23 years old, Freire has finished 11 of his 14 victims. Like
his opponent, the Brazilian also competed in the Season 2 draw,
outpointing the aforementioned Reis in the semifinals before losing
to Warren in the final.
George has won six straight contests leading up to his Bellator
debut. The Team Quest product is a veteran of the defunct
International Fight League and has finished 17 of his 20 career
victims by either knockout or submission.
EliteXC’s first and last bantamweight champ, Reis is a veteran of
both of Bellator’s previous 145-pound tournaments. In Season 1, he
fell to Joe
Soto in the championship round; the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black
belt lost to Freire in the semis of Season 2. Most recently, Reis
earned a split decision victory over Deividas
Taurosevicius at Bellator 33 in October.
Larkin is undefeated in his nascent professional career. Most
recently, the 2003 NCAA Div. I wrestling champion netted himself a
successful Bellator debut by submitting Marcus
Andrusia in September. A product of Team Bombsquad, Foster has
won seven of his last eight outings. “The Tooth Fairy” made his
promotional debut at Bellator 33, earning a unanimous decision over
Straus rides a 10-fight winning streak heading into the tournament,
most recently outpointing former WEC standout Karen
Darabedyan at Shark Fights 13 in September. Malegerie is
undefeated in 19 professional outings, racking up 12 submission
victories in his three-year career. The Brazilian fought five times
in 2010, finishing all but one of his foes in that span.
The champion of the featherweight draw will be awarded $100,000 in
total pay and a shot at Bellator’s reigning 145-pound king --
Warren. Bellator will also hold tournaments in the lightweight,
welterweight and light heavyweight divisions during Season 4.