Karo Parisyan looks to get back into the win column against Thomas Denny at Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts in El Paso, Texas on March 31, 2012.
With a 9-4-1 record during his tenure with the UFC, Parisyan has gone toe-to-toe with some of today's best such as 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre, Nick Diaz and Diego Sanchez, among others. Even though Parisyan never fought for the chance to capture UFC gold, his fights, to say the least, were always entertaining. With his black belt in Judo, to complement his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), when the fiery Armenian stepped into the Octagon, you knew you were in store for some spectacular throws and sweeps from the accomplished Judoka.
His career, unfortunately, was also clouded with controversy.
At UFC 88, Parisyan was forced to bow out of his scheduled bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida right before the weigh-ins because of a back injury. He was then pitted against the up and coming Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94, who he defeated via split decision. After the bout, "The Heat" tested positive for painkillers and was subsequently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for nine months and his win was turned into a "No Contest."
Scheduled to take on Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106, Parisyan, yet again, pulled out of the bout a few days before fight night because of anxiety issues, causing UFC President Dana White to say he would never fight with the promotion again.
A year later, White had a change of heart and allowed Parisyan back into the promotion, but fell to Dennis Hallman in the first round at UFC 123 in a less than inspiring performance.
Now, losing his last three fights, Parisyan looks to make another run in the world of MMA, specifically to shut up a lot of "crap-talking" people, by getting rid of a lot of old bad habits, as he stated recently in an in-depth interview on The MMA Hour.
Check it out:
"What I was doing before is, when I would come to practice I would bullshit. I would just bull crap, not do anything really, you know, just try to kill the time and leave. These days in training, I have my training partners. I used to do a lot of strength and conditioning before for my last few fights, which I didn't put any time in the cage, ring or that mats. I was strong as far as grappling went and sparring went. I had to put fight proportion training into my circuit and I didn't. I just put like circuit training and strength and conditioning into my training. Then, when fight time would come, first of all, I would be too small for my weight and second of all, I couldn't throw my hands and I couldn't do my throws, I couldn't do any of that stuff because I hadn't really done that in practice as much as I was supposed to, so that's one of the big differences I have changed."
"The Heat" also made it clear that he was never addicted to pain medications when asked if he was clean from all painkillers:
"Yes, yes. Let me explain something boss. You see, if I got popped for pain medication, it's very easy for people to say, 'Whoa, he got popped for pain meds, that means he's taking pain medications, you know, he's hooked on pain meds.' I even gave a legitimate prescription from my doctor for my torn hamstring and all that stuff, and I got suspended after. People started saying again, 'Oh, the reason why he is not the same is because he is taking pain medications.' Listen, for the record, I was never addicted on pain meds. I abused pain medications without knowing it would hurt me, it was too late already. I had done too much damage to myself mentally and physically. I know it sounds like I was addicted, but no, I wasn't. I didn't let it control me or any of that stuff. I can't believe you actually had the balls bro, to say, 'Hey Karo, are you clean?' Like I was a drug addict and I'm clean now. Which it's fine, it's great, no one has ever said that to me, but, just to let you know, clean wise, I don't even want to say that word clean, because it comes out as if I am taking the responsibility as if I was taking pain medications because I was addicted no I just abused it. But, no I haven't touched any of that stuff. I realized it was kicking my butt, giving me anxiety and panic attacks."
Karo went on to explain one of the biggest reasons he hopes to have a successful return:
"Now, you're going to say this is a stupid reason, but one of the reasons I want to come back is to shut people up. Shut a lot of freaking people up, I will tell you that right now. Because there is a lot of people that talk crap. It's good it's great, it motivates me. It puts that edge on me that I want to put on my opponents and into this sport. I use everything to my advantage, whatever I can to put me to the part where I am supposed to be the best. So there is a lot of reasons why I can't hang up the gloves, I don't want to lose the fight yet. It is what it is, but for the time being it is a slow process for me. I'm climbing that ladder."
Anyone think that the 30-year-old veteran can resurrect his once promising career?