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UFC Quick Quote: Get ready for the rebirth of 'The Heat'


"I love Dustin, but I don’t feel threatened by him at all. I want to show people that I’m just as dangerous as he is on the ground. People keep telling me how good and how tricky he is, but I’ve been known to do some pretty tricky things before that are ten-times better than anything in Dustin’s game. I’ve fought a lot of really good submission guys like Nick Diaz, who was a good jiu-jitsu guy, Drew Fickett, who was a good grappler and Fernando Vasconcelos, who was a two-time jiu-jitsu world champion. I’ve fought some pretty elite jiu-jitsu guys and have come really close to submitting them, but they never submitted me. I’ve only lost three fights [in the UFC]. You may win the most unbelievable fights anyone has ever seen, but people always seem to remember when you were at your worst. They always forget all of the good things you’ve done in the cage and for the sport. I’ve been off my game for a few years, so I don’t blame people who are underestimating what I can do in this fight. They don’t expect to see the old Karo who did all of the crazy stuff back then, but I’m trying to bring that Karo back for this fight – like the rebirth of 'The Heat'. If I can come into this fight in shape and with a clear mind, I should be able to win this fight decisively."

– Former number one welterweight contender Karo Parisyan talks to about his long road back to becoming relevant again in the crowded 170-pound title chase. "The Heat" will embark on that journey against submission specialist Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106: "Griffin vs. Ortiz 2″ from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21. The Armenian-born Judoka has not competed since a No Contest against "Stun Gun" Kim at UFC 94 back in January. He tested positive for painkillers following the bout and served a nine month suspension. What can we expect from Parisyan -- who hasn't won since UFC 78 -- when he returns?

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