Much like Paul Daley, Karo Parisyan has found himself on the outside of the UFC looking in. He’s just had more time to think about it. Late last year at UFC 106, Parisyan withdrew last-minute from his fight with Dustin Hazelett. It turned out to be the straw that broke Dana White’s back. Dana had officially run out of patience with Parisyan, and cut him vowing to never let Parisyan “fuck over the UFC, the fans and his opponents again.” Dana likes no shows about as much as he likes cheap shots.
We hadn’t heard much from Parisyan since then, but that doesn’t mean he has given up on mixed martial arts altogether. In fact, he came close to signing with Strikeforce to compete on their Los Angeles card, but it “didn’t work out.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after a source close to the event said a proposed deal had recently been shelved.
“We had a cup of coffee,” Coker said. “It didn’t work out. “He’s a great kid. We wish him luck.”
The proposed deal called for Parisyan to fight at “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” on June 16 against an opponent to be determined. Parisyan could not be reached for comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com.
Bummer. It’s not all bad news for Karo though. He may not have signed with Strikeforce, but he has found a place to fight — on Impact FC’s July 10 card in Australia.
Karo Parisyan is moving on with his fight career and will appear at Impact FC in Australia on July 10.
Parisyan today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has agreed to fight Brazilian Luis Dutra Jr. on the card Down Under. MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today that the former UFC welterweight’s potential Strikeforce contract fell through.
“I [haven’t] fought for a year-and-a-half, (so) it’s exciting,” Parisyan said. “Time to get on top again.”
Ironically, it’s the same card Paul Daley just signed to fight on, and the card Josh Barnett will compete on next while he waits to resolve his licensing issues in the US. Apparently, Impact FC is where you go when you’re having major career problems.