Karo Parisyan: Sherdog.com

It didn’t look like Karo Parisyan would ever fight in the UFC again.

Dana White had said as much on Twitter after Parisyan withdrew last minute from a UFC 106 bout against Dustin Hazelett last November: “Karo Parisyan has f---ed over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting saturday or ever again in the UFC!!”

A year later, Parisyan has been granted another chance. He fights Dennis Hallman on Saturday at UFC 123. The preliminary bout is a long ways from Parisyan’s time as a title contender, but it’s also a good distance from his struggles with panic attacks.

“For the last three fights, I’ve walked in cages feeling that I was going to die,” Parisyan said during a recent interview on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “It’s Time” show with Bruce Buffer. “If anybody has gone through a panic attack, a full-blown panic attack with your mind racing where you feel like putting a bullet in your brain just to escape it, it terrifies you. You’re shaking off of it. I’ve walked in and fought Thiago Alves like that. I told myself I will never, ever walk in a cage or do anything where it counts in my life if I’m feeling like this again.”

After success as a young MMA fighter, Parisyan said he began having panic attacks when he had to support a family and the sport became his career. Now, though, he believes he has the issue under control.

“I’m better. I’m in a better place,” Parisyan said. “I feel mentally way better than I was a year and a half ago. I’ve just changed my entire life around.”

In addition to suffering panic attacks, Parisyan was accused of painkiller addiction. He tested positive for painkillers following his January 2009 bout against Dong Hyun Kim, but he said that was not the result of an addiction.

“Listen, I’ve never been addicted to anything as such,” Parisyan said. “Maybe I might have abused it to a certain point, where it kind of gave me a chemical imbalance in my brain and added to my problems and didn’t make anything better.”

Considering Parisyan’s issues, it could be seen as remarkable that for the most part he kept winning in the UFC.

“There have been fights where I’ve been half [in-shape], but I’ve still beaten the guy,” he said. “There have been fights where I haven’t been in shape at all, but I’ve still beaten the guy. … Thank God I do have that competitive [drive], that pride and I do have a big heart.”

Against Hallman, Parisyan plans to be “pure and healthy,” perhaps for the first time in a while. Prefight jitters are unavoidable, though. Parisyan said he just has to overcome them and start climbing back up the ladder again.

“I think I just got to get in there and fight and get that W under my wing,” he said. “Just feel that old Karo back.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 14:40) with Parisyan, who also discussed the likelihood that he’ll ever fight for the UFC welterweight title.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

How Brock Lesnar has changed since his first UFC stint (Yahoo Sports)

  • 19 days ago
  • 7 views

From Yahoo Sports: Lesnar was more surly than charismatic in his first UFC run. But he's seems right at home in his long-awaited return. read news >>

How Brock Lesnar has changed since his first UFC stint (Yahoo Sports)

  • 19 days ago
  • 8 views

From Yahoo Sports: Lesnar was more surly than charismatic in his first UFC run. But he seems right at home in his long-awaited return. read news >>

Cat Zingano Could Have Quit Fighting, but Didn’t Want to be a Product of Circumstance (UFC 200 Video)

  • 16 days ago
  • 9 views

The past couple of years have been rough for UFC bantamweight contender Cat Zingano, but as a proud mom, she refused to give up. read news >>

UFC 200: Meet the New Cain Velasquez, Same as the Old Cain Velasquez

  • 13 days ago
  • 36 views

Lots happened at UFC 200: A title changed hands and an interim one was minted, a pro wrestler smashed a kickboxing world champion in a wonderful PRIDE-like piece of matchmaking, the best fighter of a read news >>

Fedor Emelianenko’s Win Over Fabio Maldonado Overturned, but Russians Refuse Decision

  • 10 days ago
  • 389 views

Fedor Emelianenko's recent victory over UFC veteran Fabio Maldonado has been changed to a unanimous draw. read news >>