UFC veterans Josh Barnett and Karo Parisyan won their fights at Impact FC's first event.
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Jordan Breen reports on the unintentionally hilarious pre-fight press conference in Brisbane, for Impact FC's first event this Saturday, starring Josh Barnett, Karo Parisyan, and Sokoudjou: "The puddle of water continued to hungrily devour the tile floor. The Australian media were keen to ask about sporting crossover: Former UFC champion Carlos Newton was asked about the recent State of Origin, the nation's most beloved rugby league competition, while Ferreira was asked why Brazil's national side lost at the World Cup. "DUNGA!" Ferreira exploded before his manager and translator Tiago Okamura even finished translating the question. "Dunga took the team down!" he added, giving the former Brazilian coach a literal thumbs down. As the soccer conversation went on, an anxious Parisyan drummed loudly on his thighs before standing up and saying quietly, "I can't sit down, man." When Ferreira's opponent, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, spoke, it was again Barnett who took the media reins. "Your background is in judo, but you prefer to use your muay Thai in fights," Barnett earnestly inquired. "Why do you not use the skills you've worked on your whole life?" "Well, with fighters like Arona or Nogueira, if I throw them, they'll submit me. That's why I focus on striking, what I love to do," Sokoudjou explained. "With judo, you just throw, there's not so much ground game." "Not exactly, but whatever," the roaming Parisyan interjected from the back of the room. The room fell silent. With no response, Parisyan rolled his eyes to discredit the Cameroonian, whom he actually beat in judo competition nearly a decade ago. Parisyan continued his stroll around the room before settling on the couch next to me. "What are you writing?" he asked. "I'm writing about you walking around, rolling your eyes," I smiled." Photo: Sherdog
An in-depth preview of this weekend's regional mixed martial arts action including Impact Fighting Championships' first card featuring UFC and PRIDE veteran Josh Barnett and former UFC fighter Karo Parisyan.
More fights added to the July Impact FC cards in Australia: July 3rd - Perth Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Jeremy May Ricco Rodriguez vs. Brad Morris Jeff Monson vs. Jim Yorke Paulo Filho vs. John Kolosci Paul Daley vs. TBA July 10th - Brisbane: Josh Barnett vs. Geronimo Dos Santos Carlos Newton vs. Brian Ebersole Karo Parisyan vs. Luis Dutra Jr. Jeff Monson vs. Bira Lima Paulo Filho vs. Keith Johnson July 18th - Sydney: Ken Shamrock vs. Pedro Rizzo Jeff Monson vs. Ricco Rodriguez Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse Taylor Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Joaquim Ferreira Paulo Filho vs. Denis Kang Monson and Filho fighting on all three cards is not a typo...they're both expected to compete on three consecutive weekends. HT: MMA Fighting