Karo Parisyan

Parisyan Withdraws From UFC 106

Karo Parisyan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Karo “The Heat” Parisyan has pulled out of his UFC 106 bout with Dustin Hazelett.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement via Twitter, “Karo Parisyan has fucked over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!”

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Parisyan vs. Hazelett Slated For UFC 106

Dustin Hazelett. Photo property of the Ultimate FIghting Championship.

Welterweight contenders Karo “The Heat” Parisyan and Dustin Hazelett will reportedly meet at UFC 106 on November 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Parisyan last fought at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn II where he secured a decision over Dong Hyun Kim. Following the victory, Parisyan tested positive for pain killers and his victory was overturned and ruled a no contest.

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Evening News and Notes: UFC 94 Gate Numbers, Additions to Sengoku & More

Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 16, 2009.


  • UFC 94, which took place on January 31 and featured George St. Pierre’s fourth-round TKO win over B.J. Penn, drew a sold-out crowd of 14,885 attendees for a live gate (money from tickets sold) of $4,290,020 according to the numbers released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today. Of those in attendance, only 1,263 received complimentary tickets. The event is expected to have garnered over 1 million buys on pay-per-view.

  • James Thompson and Nam Phan are set to be part of World Victory Road’s next upcoming “Sengoku” event on March 20 in Japan. According to MMA Junkie, Thompson, a longtime veteran of the British MMA circuit, will return to action at the show and an opponent is being finalized for him. Phan will be the latest addition to WVR’s inaugural featherweight grand prix says Nightmare of Battle. A formal announcement regarding Phan’s participation is expected shortly.

  • Karo Parisyan’s suspension for testing positive for a variety of painkillers has been temporarily upheld pending a review of his case. “The Heat” now has until the beginning of next month to file a request for a review. The Nevada State Athletic Commission made the decision at a public hearing this afternoon according to MMA Weekly’s “MMA Insider Blog. In other UFC news, Josh Neer has reportedly inked a new four-fight deal with the promotion.

  • St. Pierre Dominates Penn at UFC 94

    Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    Georges St. Pierre used superior wrestling and surprising grappling technique to dominate UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn and successfully defend his UFC welterweight belt in the main event of UFC 94 Saturday night in Las Vegas.

    What was supposed to be a showdown as even as their original meeting almost three years ago, turned into a one-sided mauling as St. Pierre (18-2) controlled Penn (13-5-1) in every aspect of the fight from start to finish. Penn, renowned for his takedown defense and new-found conditioning, found himself constantly on his back and winded after only the first round.

    After three consecutive rounds of dominant wrestling and grappling by St. Pierre, the tide began to really turn in the fourth stanza, when St. Pierre turned up the heat - passing Penn’s guard at will and delivering a non-stop barrage of punishment. When Penn returned to his corner after the continuation of the round, both his trainers and the ringside doctor agreed that the fight should be stopped, and it was.

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    All Fighters Make Weight for UFC 94

    Georges St. Pierre. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 94 event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

    The event is headlined by a highly-anticipated rematch for the UFC welterweight title between reigning champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC lightweight king B.J. Penn. Undefeated light heavyweights Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva will collide as well.

    Main Card:

    Georges St. Pierre (170 lbs) vs. B.J. Penn (168 lbs)
    Lyoto Machida (206 lbs) vs. Thiago Silva (206 lbs)
    Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs. Dong-Hyun Kim (171 lbs)
    Nate Diaz (156 lbs) vs. Clay Guida (156 lbs)
    Stephan Bonnar (206 lbs) vs. Jon Jones (206 lbs)

    Preliminary Bouts:

    Jon Fitch (171 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (171 lbs)
    Manny Gamburyan (155 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
    Chris Wilson (170 lbs) vs. John Howard (171 lbs)
    Jake O’Brien (205 lbs) vs. Christian Wellisch (206 lbs)
    Matt Arroyo (171 lbs) vs. Dan Cramer (171 lbs)

    Report: Karo Parisyan to Return at UFC 94

    Karo Parisyan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    Former UFC welterweight title contender Karo Parisyan will reportedly return to action against a yet-to-be-determined opponent at UFC 94 on January 31 in Las Vegas according to MMA Weekly’s MMA Insider Blog. The fight will be the first on a new eight-fight deal Parisyan recently signed with the UFC.

    Parisyan was scheduled to take on Japanese sensation Yoshiyuki Yoshida in a welterweight bout at UFC 88 in September, but was forced to withdraw at the last minute after aggravating the sciatic nerve in one of his legs during a pre-fight training session. He has not fought since.

    The 26-year-old judo black belt earned a title shot against former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes in the fall of 2005 before a separate injury forced him out of the running. Parisyan’s then five-fight winning streak was snapped after the Armenian dropped an unanimous decision to Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 6.

    Following the loss, Parisyan bounced back and racked up three more victorious before being stopped for the first time in his career at the hands of Thiago Alves, who knocked out Parisyan with a knee during the second round of their bout at UFC Fight Night 13.

    Parisyan-Yoshida Scrapped from UFC 88

    Karo Parisyan. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that a scheduled welterweight bout between Karo Parisyan and Yoshiyuki Yoshida has been pulled from tomorrow night’s UFC 88 event at the last minute after Parisyan reportedly suffered a back injury.

    The UFC will not be able to find a replacement opponent for Yoshida in time, therefore the event will go on with only nine bouts. A welterweight bout between former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Matt Brown and Dong-Hyun Kim will now be moved up to the pay-per-view main card.

    Attempts to contact Parisyan’s management team for comment by MMA on Tap were unsuccessful. While the UFC has stated that a back injury is the official reason behind Parisyan’s withdrawal, the Armenian revealed in recent weeks that he has been suffering from panic attacks.

    UFC Confirms Three Bouts for “Breakthrough”

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    The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed three previously rumored bouts for their upcoming “Breakthrough” event on September 6th, when the organization will venture into Atlanta, Georgia for the first time in history.

    Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin will return to the light heavyweight division for the first time since April 2005 to take on former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant and standout wrestler Matt Hamill. Franklin most recently defeated Travis Lutter in April while Hamill is coming off of a stoppage of newcomer Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 13.

    Former two-division PRIDE title holder Dan Henderson will try to snap a current two-fight losing streak when he goes up against rising middleweight prospect Rousimar Palhares, who made a successful and impressive UFC debut against veteran Ivan Salaverry at UFC 84.

    Karo Parisyan will attempt to put himself back in contention in the welterweight division as he faces Japanese standout Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Yoshida like Parisyan, is also a black belt in judo. He was victorious in his UFC debut a couple months ago, submitting fan-favorite Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver. Parisyan suffered his first loss in almost two years when he was knocked out by upstart contender Thiago Alves in April.

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    Florian Stops Lauzon in Denver

    Kenny Florian throws a knee at Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    The ‘Battle of Boston’ went in Kenny Florian’s favor last night as he relentlessly pressured fellow Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon before ultimately stopping his foe with an onslaught of unanswered strikes during the latest edition of UFC Fight Night at the at the Broomfield Events Center in Denver, Colorado.

    What originally was booked as a friendly matchup between two lightweight contenders slowly evolved into a heated exchange of pre-fight trash talking. The tension between the two was evident from the start of the fight as an intense staredown changed into a quick exchange of punches.

    Lauzon quickly down Florian down in the first minute. An unorthodox attempt by Florian to use elbows from the bottom was foiled by referee Herb Dean after one of the blows cut the back of Lauzon’s head open. Florian then used solid submission defense to escape knee bar and heel hook attempts before eventually closing out the round delivering strikes from the top position.

    Florian turned up the heat at the start of the second round. A swift body kick led to Florian scoring a takedown and transitioning to half-guard. The veteran of the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” then rained down unanswered punches and elbows on Lauzon for nearly two full minutes. Despite a good job of covering up and limiting damage, Dean decided that Lauzon had enough, moving Florian even closer to another shot at the lightweight title that was once in his reach.

    “Joe’s a great competitor and I knew it was gonna be a tough fight,” Florian said after the bout. “That’s what I wanted.”

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    UFC Announces Parisyan-Alves for April

    Karo Parisyan hits Josh Burkman with a right hand at UFC 71. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship officially announced earlier today that UFC Fight Night 13 will take place at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado on Wednesday April 2nd.

    Along with a lightweight main event of Kenny Florian vs. Joe Lauzon and a light heavyweight battle between Stephan Bonnar and Matt Hamill, the UFC has also announced that top welterweight contenders Karo Parisyan and Thiago Alves will clash in what is sure to be a fight with non-stop action throughout.

    Parisyan is currently recovering from a broken left hand that he suffered in his recent win over Ryo Chonan at UFC 78: Validation in November. “The Heat” is still continuing his quest for a title shot since originally receiving one prior to UFC 56 where he was to challenge Matt Hughes for the UFC’s welterweight belt.

    Parisyan was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an injury during training and then lost his number-one contender status when he dropped a decision to Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 6. Since then Parisyan has knocked off three straight opponents and a win over Alves would continue to improve his chances of gaining another title shot.

    After splitting his first four bouts in the UFC, Alves is now riding a four-fight winning streak that includes knockouts of Tony DeSouza and Kuniyoshi Hironaka. Alves put on a show in his last fight against veteran Chris Lytle. The two battled for two rounds until the fight was halted due to a cut Lytle had suffered. The fight was deemed the most exciting of the night by UFC President Dana White at the UFC 78 post-fight press conference.

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