The Hye Fighters Proudly Represent Armenia – from Ultimate MMA by Breanna Armstrong
“You have to have a lot of heart,” says Karen Darabedyan. “We fight with our hearts and leave everything in the cage. I think that is what it means to be a true Hye fighter.”
The WEC fighter is a member the Hye Fighters, an elite group of fighters who represent their country and culture at all times in the cage. Representing Armenia is their No. 1 goal.
Araz Araradian started the Hye Fighters Organization in August 2007. After becoming involved in the sport, Araz decided to create a Website that would showcase all Armenians who are professional fighters.
The site has every Armenian fighter’s updates with profiles on each fighter with links to their personal websites, which Araz created for each of them free of charge. There is also a feature of the Hye Fighter of the month.
Now, two years after the launch of the group driven by Arazs’ passion to promote these fighters, the Hye Fighters have been recognized beyond the fight industry and into their communities.
Since the site’s launch in 2007, Hye Fighters has grown significantly. They now have 16 pro MMA fighters, including StrikeForce’s light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, WEC lightweight Karen Darbedyan, WEC lightweight Manny Gamburyan and Bellator lightweight Georgi Karakhanyan.
“The difference of Armenian fighters and others is the heart,” says Gamburyan. “The heart and the way that we represent ourselves is unreal.”
Gokor Chivichyan, Gamburyan’s trainer, says the group is very special to him.
“They are like a family to me,” says Chivichyan. “When they win, it’s my win. They train very hard and Hye Fighters has brought them together. They lift each other up and I see that and it makes me very happy.”
Hye Fighters also have nine professional muay Thai fighters, including WBC muayThai International Welterweight Champion, Edmond Tarverdyan and 2009 K-1 World MAX champion and WKN Intercontinental middleweight muay thai champion, Giorgio Petrosyan. There are 48 professional Hye fighter boxers as well.