Two weeks ago, rumors raged that Joe Lauzon would fight Karo Parisyan in his next bout at UFC 78. It was a bizarre match up, considering the two are in different weight classes (155 and 170, respectively). But it came direct from Lauzon on an Underground forum post.
Was he serious or just "trolling" the thread? Well, he's at it again on JoeLauzon.com.
Here's a snip:
"There have been rumors flying around about my next fight, and who it will be against. I posted in a Tito Ortiz chat room that I would be fighting Karo Parisyan, and the rumors made it over to MMA.tv and other major MMA Web sites. Everyone has been asking about it ... from kids running up to the me in a movie theatre to guys asking my trainers at their jobs. I couldn't comment on it until now. I indeed will be fighting Karo Parisyan at UFC 78. Following in the steps of BJ Penn ... I took on the "baby" nickname ... I will be training in Hawaii... and now I will be fighting at 170 pounds in the welterweight division. Part of the reason for moving to Hawaii is to not only work on my MMA training, but also to study under BJ in Burrito Consumption to help get my weight up. All I can say to Karo is: "That Judo sh*t ain't gonna work on me!" I have been doing some research, and apparently Karo learned quite a bit of his Judo and striking from Reggie Warren Jr. I have contacted Reggie, and he has agreed to help me train for Karo as well.... Another exciting aspect of the fight, is that the UFC has secured the Easter Bunny as a special guest referee, and the Kool Aid Man will be working my corner between rounds to keep me hydrated."
Lauzon may have also picked up a few things from Penn in terms of driving traffic to his Web site. In the wake of his win over Jens Pulver at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 Finale, "The Prodigy" stayed in the Octagon just long enough to tell viewers to visit his site.
Not surprisingly, BJPenn.com crashed soon thereafter.
This one sounds like a joke ... but you can draw your own conclusions.