Promotion officials announced the pairing on Thursday. Bellator 170
takes place at the Forum in Los Angeles on Jan. 21 and is headlined
by a light heavyweight showdown between Tito Ortiz and
Sonnen. The evening’s main card, which includes Karakhanyan vs.
Sanchez, airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Karakhanyan enters the matchup on the strength of back-to-back
KO/TKO triumphs over Kirill
Medvedovsky and Bubba
Jenkins. The ex-World Series of Fighting and Tachi Palace
champion is 5-4 over the course of two Bellator MMA tenures.
Sanchez, meanwhile, had a three-bout winning streak snapped at
Bellator 159, where he dropped a split verdict to former 145-pound
title challenger Daniel
Weichel. The 26-year-old Roufusport representative is 5-2 with
the California-based promotion, with notable wins over UFC vets
Pineda and Justin