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Georgi Karakhanyan To Defend Tachi Palace Belt Against TUF 14's Micah Miller In March

(Photo by Dave Mandel via Sherdog.com)
(Photo by Dave Mandel via Sherdog.com)

Tachi Palace Fights featherweight champion Georgi Karakhanyan will defend his newly-minted strap against "The Ultimate Fighter 14" alum Micah Miller at TPF 12: Second Coming, according to promotion officials.

A 26-year-old former soccer star out of California, Karakhanyan (17-3-1) racked up a 2-2 racked while reaching the semifinals in two of Bellator's 145-pound tournaments. Following a release from the promotion in mid-2011, "Insane" cruised to a three-fight win streak capped by a first-round triangle choke of Isaac DeJesus to claim the vacant Tachi Palace title.

Meanwhile, Miller (17-4, 1 NC), brother of UFC fighter Cole Miller, officially returns to action for the first time since late-2010, when he submitted DeJesus to capture his sixth victory in seven fights. Since then, the 24-year-old was infamously stunned by Steven Siler in the opening round of TUF 14.

TPF 12: Second Coming takes place March 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. The main card is expected to stream live online.