He began expanding his martial arts training in junior high by taking up boxing, kick boxing, judo and wrestling, earning a black belt in judo by age 16 and achieving a 12-0 amateur boxing record by 18.<ref name="hyefighters"/> During high school, he claimed two judo state championship titles and placed third in the nation. At age 16, Darabedyan entered the world of grappling, placing 1st in the Intermediate Men's No-Gi Lightweight division at the 2004 Grapplers Quest West 5 and winning 1st place at under 189.9 pounds in the 2007 World Grappling Games Best of West.<ref name="tbomma"/>
Drawing on his diverse training, Darabedyan competed in his first mixed martial arts fight at age 18, claiming a win in the first round by KO. Since then, he has compiled a 9-4 record. Despite Darabedyan's strong judo and grappling background, he tends to favor keeping the fight on his feet and striking.
He trained with [[Gokor Chivichyan]] and [[Gene LeBell]] as well as Roma Kalantaryan at Main Event Gym in Glendale.<ref name="tbomma"/>
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