"The Heat" is back.
Less than a year after supposedly being barred from the UFC forever by Dana White when he pulled out of his UFC 106 bout with Dustin Hazelett just a couple days before the event, Karo Parisyan is back in the UFC.
MMA Fighting broke the news today along with word of his opponent, Dennis Hallman.
Fight agreements have yet to be signed, but both guys have verbally agreed to throw down at UFC 123 on November 20 from The Palace of Auburn Hills just outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Parisyan's last fight in the UFC resulted in a nine-month suspension dished out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after testing positive for several major painkillers following his controversial split decision win over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94: "St. Pierre vs. Penn 2" on Jan. 31, 2009.
Under the terms of the ruling, Karo was fined 40 percent of his purse ($32,000) and his win over the Korean was ruled a "No Contest."
Prior to the positive test, he Armenian-born Judo player battled a nervous disorder, as well as injuries, which forced him out of a match against Yoshiyuki Yoshida less than 24 hours before showtime back in Sept. 2008.
Dennis Hallman has gone 1-1 since returning to the UFC after his own long layoff. He most recently defeated Ben Saunders at UFC 117 via unanimous decision. He lost to John Howard at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale last December in his first contest with the promotion since UFC 55 in 2005 where he lost to Jorge Rivera.
UFC 123 is expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight match up of top contenders Lyoto Machida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Stay tuned for more UFC 123 fight announcements as they become available.
(This FanPost was edited and promoted to the front page by James Kimball)