Georgi Karakhanyan (Pictured, right) will be unable to compete against Micah Miller at Tachi Palace Fights 12 due to illness, and their featherweight title bout has been called off.
Sherdog.com learned of the news on Friday afternoon, just prior to the start of TPF 12. The Karakhanyan-Miller fight was slated to co-headline the event, which takes place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., and streams live on Sherdog.com.
According to Karakhanyan’s manager, Kami Safdari, Karakhanyan likely contracted a stomach virus that kept the fighter up last night with nausea, vomiting, chills and a fever.
“Georgi was in no shape to fight,” said Safdari. “He was having abdominal spasms, and we almost went to urgent care. We thought it might have been food poisoning, but the commission doctor thinks it is a stomach virus.”
Safdari also expressed his disappointment at the bout’s cancellation on behalf of his fighter, asserting that Karakhanyan and his came were looking forward to facing Miller for the title.
The defending TPF featherweight champion, Karakhanyan has won his last three fights. The two-time Bellator tournament veteran captured the belt on Dec. 2, finishing Isaac DeJesus with a first-round triangle choke at TPF 11.