Bellator Kickboxing “Florence” goes down this Saturday (Dec. 10, 2016) at Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. It’s one half of a hybrid show that will also feature Bellator 168 MMA fights, although only the latter will air live this Saturday on Spike TV.
That’s not a problem as far as “The Doctor” Giorgio Petrosyan is concerned. Armenian by birth and Italian by residence since 13 years old, the nickname was a consequence of how he fit into his new homeland, “slicing and dicing” up opponents in the world of kickboxing en route to an astounding 82-2-2, 1 NC record.
Now 30 years old, Petrosyan has a slew of world titles and accomplishments to his name, but he’d love to add to that resume in his home country with a sensational Bellator debut.
There’s only one thing standing in the way of making that happen: English muay thai kickboxer and reality TV star Jordan Watson, who at 48-11-2 has the record to prove he’s more than a pretty face for the cameras.
Today Giorgio Petrosyan talks to MMAmania.com about his Bellator debut and aspirations to be champion yet again. Owing to the time difference and languages barriers, Petrosyan answered today’s questions by e-mail.
To start I asked Petrosyan how making his Bellator debut in Italy compares to the rest of his storied career.
“It’s always one of the top moments of my career (to debut), with the same adrenaline that distinguishes (me). This is the same thing. I’m glad for my Italian fans but I would fight everywhere.”
Many fighters would start slowing down after almost 90 pro fights, but Petrosyan draws inspiration from his youth to continue pursuing his dreams today.
“I have loved the sport even as a child. The films of Bruce Lee and Van Damme that I saw as a child dreaming of imitating (motivated me). Until my head and my heart so choose, I will fight in a boxing ring.”
How did Petrosyan so successfully take what they did on camera and turn it into success as a fighter?
“When I step into the ring I always want to win. I always focus on quality of fighter that I will face, and in this case I can tell you that you will see a Giorgio Petrosyan different than usual.”
In other words Petrosyan studies each of his opponents carefully, and uses what he’s learned plus his natural determination to gain a competitive edge.
For example he knows that his opponent Jordan Watson was a star on The Challenger Muay Thai, and while he’d like to do a little reality TV himself, he doesn’t believe that puts Watson on his level.
“Honestly even I would like one day to do the same (TV) experience, but my only job is to think about winning. I always want to win, and I would be very happy to win also (a Bellator) title.”
That may come in the future, but on Dec. 10 it will be Denise Kielholtz and Gloria Peritore fighting for the inaugural Bellator Kickboxing Flyweight title. In the meantime Petrosyan promises to live up to his surgical nickname.
“I have nothing to say to (Jordan) Watson, I will be in the ring to give the answers.”
A kickboxer of few words and powerful blows, Giorgio Petrosyan will let his hands and feet do the talking in Italy.
For the fans live in attendance, don’t miss Giorgio Petrosyan’s debut in Bellator on Dec. 10, 2016 at Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. For everyone else his fight airs after Bellator 169 on Dec. 16.
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