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Karo Parisyan in Talks With Strikeforce

5/04/2010 8:11 AM ET By Ariel Helwani

http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/05/04/karo-parisyan-in-talks-with-strikeforce/



Former UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan has been in talks to fight for Strikeforce, MMA Fighting has learned.

Parisyan has not signed a contract with the San Jose-based organization yet, but if he does, he could debut as early as June 16 on the Strikeforce: Los Angeles show, which would make sense since the Armenian-born fight currently resides in the North Hollywood, Calif., area.

When contacted by MMA Fighting, Strikeforce officials refused to confirm or deny any talks with Parisyan.

Parisyan's final run in the UFC was a tumultuous one. He pulled out of a UFC 88 fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida hours before the weigh-ins, citing a back injury. Parisyan had talked openly about battling depression and anxiety, and many suspected he had been suffering from those same symptoms leading up to the fight.

Following a victory over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94, Parisyan was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for banned painkillers.

After serving his suspension, Parisyan was then scheduled to fight Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106, but he pulled out the fight a day before the weigh-ins. UFC president Dana White then tweeted that Parisyan would never fight in the UFC again. Parisyan has still never publicly discussed why he pulled out of the Hazelett fight.

Since November 2007, "The Heat" is 0-1 with 1 no contest. His overall record is 18-5-0 (1 NC).

If he is healthy, the 27-year-old would be a nice addition to the organization's 170-pound division. Nick Diaz is their current welterweight champion.
 

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Karo Parisyan in Talks With Strikeforce

5/04/2010 8:11 AM ET By Ariel Helwani

http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/05/04/karo-parisyan-in-talks-with-strikeforce/



Former UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan has been in talks to fight for Strikeforce, MMA Fighting has learned.

Parisyan has not signed a contract with the San Jose-based organization yet, but if he does, he could debut as early as June 16 on the Strikeforce: Los Angeles show, which would make sense since the Armenian-born fight currently resides in the North Hollywood, Calif., area.

When contacted by MMA Fighting, Strikeforce officials refused to confirm or deny any talks with Parisyan.

Parisyan's final run in the UFC was a tumultuous one. He pulled out of a UFC 88 fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida hours before the weigh-ins, citing a back injury. Parisyan had talked openly about battling depression and anxiety, and many suspected he had been suffering from those same symptoms leading up to the fight.

Following a victory over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94, Parisyan was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for banned painkillers.

After serving his suspension, Parisyan was then scheduled to fight Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106, but he pulled out the fight a day before the weigh-ins. UFC president Dana White then tweeted that Parisyan would never fight in the UFC again. Parisyan has still never publicly discussed why he pulled out of the Hazelett fight.

Since November 2007, "The Heat" is 0-1 with 1 no contest. His overall record is 18-5-0 (1 NC).

If he is healthy, the 27-year-old would be a nice addition to the organization's 170-pound division. Nick Diaz is their current welterweight champion.
It'll be cool to see KARO back fighting again, he has brilliant judo technique, and it's cool to see a very high level of an individual martial art primarily used in mma, e.g Machida's Karate, Maia's bjj, Karo's judo it's all good.
 

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If he has got his act together I would love to see a rematch against Diaz, or a match vs Mayhem...or Scott Smith...I miss Karo.
 

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He could debut agains Joe Riggs. See where he's at. Then a rematch with Diaz if he wins.

It's hard to tell how better/worse he's gotten. Guys like Diaz and GSP have been perfecting their game while Karo was doing ???

Hope he comes back revamped
 

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I for one would be glad to see Strikeforce get Karo. I hope he comes back strong after this long inactivity, he could have some good fights left in him if he ever gets his mind straight.
 

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Hasn't strikeforce learned their lesson with guys with drug problems? Also do they really want a guy with a "name" that is on the downside of his career. Arlovski, Lindland, Hendo, Sokoudjou, Babalu were all busts.
 

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It can't hurt since they have nobody but they better always have a plan B because you never quite know what your gonna get with Karo.
 

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Hasn't strikeforce learned their lesson with guys with drug problems? Also do they really want a guy with a "name" that is on the downside of his career. Arlovski, Lindland, Hendo, Sokoudjou, Babalu were all busts.
Who doesn't lose to Jake Shields though?

As far as Karo... Diaz wins the rematch.
 

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Bringing Karo in to Strikeforce, i like the idea of it. Well seasoned veteran who does bolster the roster. Yes, he has a serious issue, personal demeaons, ect.. but when you sign a fighter, with baggadge such as his, the upside and can plentiful, as can the downside.

Karo vs Riggs sounds like a great idea, building up to the rematch between Diaz and Karo.

Love him or hate him, he has great technique and if he cleans himself up, could prove ot be a major force in Strikeforce
 

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Nick Diaz wins the rematch...

I also think Marius and Tyron Woodley would crush him.... Karo VS Heiron would be fun..
 
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