Signs Point to Parisyan’s UFC Release
It appears as though Karo
(Pictured) will not see the inside of the Octagon
again anytime soon.
Following a first-round technical knockout loss to Dennis
Hallman at UFC
123 on Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich., UFC president Dana
White told reporters Parisyan would “have to figure out the next
chapter of his life” and implied that the judo convert had run out
of chances with the promotion.
In an interview with MMAFighting.com, White said in no uncertain
terms that he feels Parisyan “can’t perform [in the UFC] anymore”
and agreed when asked if Parisyan was “done.”
The news comes as the latest blow to the career of the troubled
28-year-old, who has publicly battled anxiety and addiction in
In November 2009, Parisyan pulled out of his fight with Dustin
Hazelett just two days before UFC 106, prompting the
organization to issue his walking papers and White to declare on
Twitter that Parisyan would “not be fighting Saturday or ever again
in the UFC.” The match was to have been Parisyan’s first after
serving a nine-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic
Commission, handed down when he tested positive for banned
painkillers following his UFC 94 bout with Dong Hyun
After briefly negotiating with UFC rival Strikeforce in early 2010,
Parisyan resurfaced at a July Impact Fighting Championships show in
Sydney, Australia, where he submitted local fighter Ben
Mortimer via rear-naked choke.
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