Gokor Ambaryan was 4 years old when his mother took him to a mixed martial arts gym. He started with Karate for a couple months but then began learning Judo and Jiu-jitsu and has not looked back.
Ambaryan has been competing since he was 6 years old. At the age of 16, he weighed 330 pounds. When he was 18 years old, Ambaryan decided it was time to change his life. He lost 100 pounds in eight months by training hard and eating healthy. His story caught the ear of Rudy Morales, a former teammate, and Ambaryan had his debut at Real MMA IV on Jan. 30, 2015.
Ambaryan tore his ACL 10 days before his third fight and had to cancel. However, knee surgery was not enough to slow him down. He was back in the Real MMA ring 16 weeks postop for Real MMA V. After the fight, he was unable to throw a left kick for 5-6 months. His right knee simply would not hold him.
He changed his priorities and started teaching and coaching fighters. During this time, Ambaryan worked with professional fighters and champions from UFC and Bellator. In June 2016, he opened his own gym, Freestyle/Hayastan Martial Arts in Las Vegas.
It has been two years since Ambaryan stepped into the ring. He left the ring 3-0-0.
He loves teaching and works with fighters individually each week. However, Ambaryan knows what he is capable of accomplishing; having trained with and competed against some of the top guys in the world, he knows he has much more to show fans across the country.
Over the past two years, Ambaryan has built a solid group of fighters. Once they have their chance to fight, then he can get back in the ring himself. Ambaryan is preparing to get into fighter shape and looking to get back into the ring this summer.
Ambaryan says that everything is mental strength, even fighting. There is a big difference between a fighter and an athlete. An athlete is simply athletic, they can break. A fighter will stand in front of you and fight until they die.