Karo Parisyan

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Karo Parisyan
Կարո Փարիզյան
Born Karapet Parisyan
(1982-08-28) August 28, 1982 (age 30)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Other names The Heat
NationalityArmenian
American[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionWelterweight (170 lb)
Reach75+12 in (192 cm)
StyleJudo
Fighting out ofNorth Hollywood, California, U.S.
Team Team Hayastan
Glendale Fight Club
S.K. Golden Boys
Rank

Black belt in Judo

Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 1999–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 20
By submission 10
By decision 10
Losses 9
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 4
No contests 1
Other information
Notable relativesManvel Gamburyan, cousin
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Karo Parisyan
Կարո Փարիզյան
Born Karapet Parisyan
(1982-08-28) August 28, 1982 (age 30)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Other names The Heat
NationalityArmenian
American[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionWelterweight (170 lb)
Reach75+12 in (192 cm)
StyleJudo
Fighting out ofNorth Hollywood, California, U.S.
Team Team Hayastan
Glendale Fight Club
S.K. Golden Boys
Rank

Black belt in Judo

Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 1999–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 20
By submission 10
By decision 10
Losses 9
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 4
No contests 1
Other information
Notable relativesManvel Gamburyan, cousin
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Karapet "Karo" Parisyan (Armenian: Կարո Փարիզյան; born August 28, 1982) is an Armenian-American mixed martial artist. From his days as a UFC mainstay, Karo holds notable wins over Ryo Chonan, Shonie Carter, Drew Fickett, Matt Serra, Nick Thompson, Chris Lytle, Nick Diaz and Antonio McKee.

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Early life

Parisyan was born in Yerevan, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic. His family migrated to America when he was six years old. Parisyan started training in Judo when he was nine years old under fellow Armenian Gokor Chivichyan.[2] Parisyan stated that his father began taking him to Judo lessons because he beat up on his sisters and Judo would be an effective outlet for Parisyan to take out his anger.[2] In a book he published, however, Parisyan wrote that his father introduced him to judo to cure his laziness.[3] By age 10, Parisyan was training his Judo under both Chivichyan and Gene LeBell.

Mixed martial arts career

Hayastan Grappling System

For more than thirteen years, Parisyan developed under the Hayastan Grappling System, a style developed by Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell, which blends elements of Judo, Sambo, Catch Wrestling, Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling.[4] Parisyan continued to train at the Hayastan Academy under Gokor and Gene until late 2005. In early 2012, Karo mentioned in an interview that he has returned to the Hayastan Academy.

Judo

Parisyan has six Junior National belts to his credit and competed in the Olympic Judo trials ahead of the 2004 games in Athens. He wrote that going to the Olympics was his dream and that mixed martial arts was only an outlet for his boredom. During the trials, he received a call from UFC management and was invited to compete. He accepted because he needed money. But after the fight against Dave Strasser, his ribs needed recovery and he decided to give up on the trials.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Parisyan competes as a welterweight and made his UFC debut on September 23, 2003, beating Dave Strasser by kimura. He then went on to win the WEC welterweight title, defeating Shonie Carter. He then returned to the UFC, where he won consecutive decision victories over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle and Matt Serra. He was widely considered as the top contender for the UFC welterweight title before a loss to Diego Sanchez.

Parisyan lost via TKO to Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 13 in the second round. Alves showed good resistance against Parisyan's grappling offense and finished Parisyan with a knee from the clinch, followed by strikes.

Parisyan was scheduled to fight Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88: Breakthrough, but a back injury forced him to drop out of the fight right before the weigh-ins.

After recovering from his back injury, Parisyan returned at UFC 94 on January 31, 2009 in Las Vegas against Dong Hyun Kim.[6] Parisyan defeated Kim in a controversial split decision.[7] Following the fight, Parisyan tested positive for banned painkillers hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone.[8] Parisyan has stated that he has a prescription for the medications due to a severe back / hamstring injury.[9]

Parisyan was suspended pending a full hearing in mid-March.[10] On March 17, 2009, the NSAC suspended Parisyan for nine months and ruled his decision victory a "no contest".[11]

Parisyan was scheduled to fight Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106,[12] but pulled out of the fight on November 19, the day before weigh-ins. UFC President Dana White responded to the situation on his Twitter stating that Parisyan will "not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!" White also stated that he had "a laundry list of excuses."[13] Later that day, Neil Melanson, a longtime friend and training partner of Parisyan's, divulged to MMA news site Five Ounces Of Pain that Parisyan has been battling an addiction to painkillers dating back to an injury suffered while training for a fight.[14]

Post-UFC

Karo Parisyan entered into talks with Strikeforce, looking to continue his mixed martial arts career in the USA, but it proved unsuccessful.[15]

Parisyan's return fight had taken place on July 10, 2010 for Impact FC 1, in which he was formerly scheduled to fight Luis Dutra Jr., but Dutra would end up being forced off the card with a torn biceps. Parisyan's new opponent was then scheduled to be Ben Mortimer, who Parisyan would go on to defeat via rear-naked choke at 4:18 of the second round.

Return to the UFC

On September 2, 2010, it was announced that Karo will be returning to the UFC. He faced Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in November.[16] Hallman defeated Parisyan via TKO (punches) at 1:47 of round 1. In a discussion with journalist Ariel Helwani following UFC 123, UFC President Dana White stated he believes Parisyan is through fighting in the UFC.[17]

Post Second UFC Run

Karo fought highly touted Canadian prospect Ryan Ford on May 19, 2011 in the MMA Live 1 show in London, Ontario, Canada.[18] He was able to neutralize Ford's strength and power by applying his takedowns, as it seemed that the first and second rounds would lean in favor of Parisyan, but was caught in the third round by a vicious knee to the head which resulted in a cut over Karo's left eye that would end the fight via TKO due to a Doctor's Stoppage.

Parisyan fought Jordan Smith on September 14 in Brazil, Amazon Forest Combat 1. After a long hard battle going the distance, Parisyan came up short, losing the fight by split decision.

He was expected to fight Dave Menne on March 31, 2012, but Menne was forced off the card with an injury. Parisyan instead fought Thomas Denny.[19] He won via unanimous decision.

Parisyan was scheduled to fight Shamar Bailey in the main event of ShoFIGHT 20 in Springfield, Missouri for the vacant welterweight title on June 16, 2012. However, Bailey was forced off the card due to an injury and replaced by fellow UFC veteran John Gunderson. After being stunned by a knee from Gunderson, which resulted in a broken cheek bone, Parisyan was caught in a guillotine choke and forced to lose the fight by submission. Karo said after the fight that he tapped due to the pressure on his cheekbone and he wasn't being choked, but he still lost.[20]

Karo was expected to fight David Bielkheden in Malmo, Sweden on October 6, 2012 but pulled out of the fight due to personal reasons was replaced by Marcus Davis. Parisyan explained, “Everyone knows that it has been a rough road for me over the past couple years. I’ve tried to just refocus myself and get back to throwing people on their heads, but it hasn’t been the same,” Parisyan stated. “Not to take anything away from my opponent, but my last fight was devastating for me. My manager and I had a long talk, and he set me up with a sports psychologist. At this point, I need to listen to my doctor and refocus on my life -- not fighting. God willing, fighting will be back in my life at some point, but for now I need to only focus on Karo getting back to Karo.”[21]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–9 (1) United States John GundersonSubmission (guillotine choke) ShoFIGHT MMA 20 02012-06-16June 16, 20121 2:47 Springfield, Missouri, United States For vacant ShoFIGHT Welterweight Championship
Win 20–8 (1) United States Thomas DennyDecision (unanimous) WMMA 1 02012-03-31March 31, 20123 5:00 El Paso, Texas, United States
Loss 19–8 (1) United States Jordan SmithDecision (split) Amazon Forest Combat 1 02011-09-14September 14, 20113 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 19–7 (1) Canada Ryan FordTKO (cut) MMA Live 1 02011-05-19May 19, 20113 1:26 London, Ontario, Canada Doctor stopped the fight due to a cut that opened on Parisyan.
Loss 19–6 (1) United States Dennis HallmanTKO (punches) UFC 12302010-11-20November 20, 20101 1:47 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 19–5 (1) Australia Ben Mortimer Submission (rear-naked choke) Impact FC 102010-07-10July 10, 20102 4:18 Brisbane, Australia
NC 18–5 (1) South Korea Dong Hyun KimNo Contest UFC 9402009-01-31January 31, 20093 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Original split decision win; failed post-fight drug test for banned painkillers.
Loss 18–5 Brazil Thiago AlvesTKO (strikes) UFC Fight Night 1302008-04-02April 2, 20082 0:34 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 18–4 Japan Ryo ChonanDecision (unanimous) UFC 7802007-11-17November 17, 20073 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 17–4 United States Josh BurkmanDecision (unanimous) UFC 7102007-05-26May 26, 20073 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–4 United States Drew FickettDecision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 702006-12-13December 13, 20063 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 15–4 United States Diego SanchezDecision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 602006-08-17August 17, 20063 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Year (2006).
Win 15–3 United States Nick ThompsonSubmission (strikes) UFC 5902006-04-15April 15, 20061 4:44 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 14–3 United States Matt SerraDecision (unanimous) UFC 5302005-06-04June 4, 20053 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–3 United States Chris LytleDecision (unanimous) UFC 5102005-02-05February 5, 20053 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 United States Nick DiazDecision (split) UFC 4902004-08-21August 21, 20043 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 United States Shonie CarterDecision (unanimous) WEC 1002004-05-21May 21, 20043 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Won WEC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 10–3 Canada Georges St-PierreDecision (unanimous) UFC 4602004-01-31January 31, 20043 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 United States Dave StrasserSubmission (kimura) UFC 4402003-09-26September 26, 20031 3:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC Debut
Win 9–2 United States Fernando Vasconcelos Decision KOTC 22 02003-03-23March 23, 20033 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 8–2 United States Antonio McKeeDecision UAGF 3 02003-02-15February 15, 2003N/A N/A Hollywood, California, United States
Win 7–2 United States Darrell Smith Submission RSF 3 02001-03-30March 30, 20011 0:59 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–2 United States Sean SherkTKO (corner stoppage) RSF 2 02001-01-05January 5, 20011 16:20 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–1 United States Sean SherkDecision RSF 1 02000-10-10October 10, 20001 18:00 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Win 6–0 United States Guido Jennings Submission (choke) KK 16 01999-06-07June 7, 19991 6:33 California, United States
Win 5–0 United States Justin Bumphus Submission ESF 01999-05-15May 15, 1999N/A N/A Corona, California, United States
Win 4–0 United States Scott Davis Submission (armbar) KK 14 01999-04-05April 5, 19991 2:16 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 3–0 United States Jason Rittgers Submission (armbar) KK 14 01999-04-05April 5, 19991 1:58 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 2–0 United States Zach McKinney Submission (strikes) KK 12 01999-02-01February 1, 19991 0:23 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 1–0 United States Brian WarrenSubmission (ankle lock) KK 12 01999-02-01February 1, 19991 0:44 Los Angeles, California, United States MMA Debut

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.judoinside.com/uk/?factfile/view/16770/karapet_parisyan
  2. ^ a b "Karo "The Heat" Parisyan". Little Armenia.com. http://www.littlearmenia.com/html/spotlight/karo-parisyan/default.asp. Retrieved April 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ Karo Parisyan, Erich Krauss and Glen Cordoza (2008). Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced Throws, Takedowns, and Ground Fighting Techniques. Victory Belt Publishing. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Hayastan Grappling Challenge – Rules". Hayastan Grappling Challenge.com. http://hayastangrapplingchallenge.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=36. 
  5. ^ Karo Parisyan, Erich Krauss and Glen Cordoza (2008). Judo for Mixed Martial Arts: Advanced Throws, Takedowns, and Ground Fighting Techniques. Victory Belt Publishing. p. 21. 
  6. ^ mmasurvival.com. mmasurvival.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ UFC 94. Matt-hughes.com (2009-02-03). Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ "Parisyan Tests Positive; Revealed Meds Pre-fight". MMAWeekly.com. February 10, 2009. http://mmaweekly.com/parisyan-tests-positive-revealed-meds-prefight-2. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "UFC's Parisyan suspended until formal hearing". CNN. 2009-02-18. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/mma/02/18/parisyan.temporary.suspension/index.html. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  11. ^ Brian Knapp. "Parisyan Suspended Nine Months". Sherdog. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/parisyan-suspended-nine-months-16620. 
  12. ^ "Parisyan vs. Hazelett agreed to for UFC 106". August 24, 2009. http://mmaweekly.com/parisyan-vs-hazelett-agreed-to-for-ufc-106-2. 
  13. ^ "Update: Parisyan Out of UFC 106". November 19, 2009. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Update-Parisyan-Out-of-UFC-106-21058. 
  14. ^ "Neil Melanson: 'Karo is suffering right now'". FiveOuncesOfPain.com. November 20, 2009. http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2009/11/19/neil-melanson-karo-is-suffering-right-now/. 
  15. ^ "Karo "The Heat" Parisyan may sign for Strikeforce'". LowKick.com. May 5, 2010. http://www.lowkick.com/Strikeforce/Karo-Parisyan-in-talks-with-Strikeforce-7484. 
  16. ^ Ariel Helwani. "Karo Parisyan Welcomed Back to UFC, Offered Dennis Hallman at UFC 123". MMA Fighting. http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/09/02/karo-parisyan-welcomed-back-to-ufc-offered-dennis-hallman-at-uf. 
  17. ^ Matt Erickson. "Dana White: BJ Penn Gets Jon Fitch Next". MMA Fighting. http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/11/21/dana-white-bj-penn-gets-jon-fitch-next. 
  18. ^ Mma Live Canada. Mma Live Canada. Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  19. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/karo-parisyan-and-lyle-beerbohm-get-new-opponents-at-worldwide-mma
  20. ^ ShoFight 20 Results: Karo Loses Again, Brunson Victim Of Questionable Judging. Bloody Elbow. Retrieved on 2012-06-23.
  21. ^ "Monson, Parisyan Scratched from Superior Challenge 8; Linderman, Marcus Davis to Fill Spots". sherdog.com. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Monson-Parisyan-Scratched-from-Superior-Challenge-8-Linderman-Marcus-Davis-to-Fill-Spots-45057. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 

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Preceded by
Shonie Carter
3rd WEC Welterweight Champion
May 21, 2004 – October, 2005
Vacant
Parisyan signs with UFC
Title next held by
Mike Pyle