Parisyan is looking to prove 'a lot of idiots' wrong

The last time that Karo Parisyan (right) was in a UFC octagon, he was knocked out by Dennis Hallman...

The last time that Karo Parisyan (right) was in a UFC octagon, he was knocked out by Dennis Hallman in the first round. (GETTY IMAGES)

NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

Karo (The Heat) Parisyan can’t wait to silence a few critics.

“I would love to shut a lot of people up. Shut a lot of f---ing mouths up because there are a lot of idiots,” Parisyan told QMI Agency over the phone. “A lot of people like to judge and talk. I hate to f---ing hear it, man. If you’re not in my life, in my shoes or in my sport, don’t be such an easy critic and judge me.

“It doesn’t mean anything to me, but it does add a little bit of fuel to the fire. I take that into the cage, display it and leave it in the cage. It’s an up-and-down battle, this soap-opera sport we have.”

It wasn’t too long ago the Armenian judoka was a UFC welterweight-division mainstay, picking up wins over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle and future titleholder Matt Serra. He was even set to challenge then-champ Matt Hughes at UFC 56 on Nov. 19, 2005,

but was forced out of the bout due to injury.

However, Parisyan’s career began to slide due to a combination of injuries, panic attacks and painkillers. He was suspended for the latter after his UFC 94 bout with Dong Hyun-Kim on Jan. 31, 2009. He also raised the ire of UFC brass by bowing out of fights with Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Dustin Hazelett within 24 hours of the scheduled weigh-ins.

Parisyan later admitted the panic attacks were a result of prescribed painkillers and he has since stopped using the medication.

After picking up a win against Ben Mortimer in Australia, Parisyan was invited back to the UFC. In one of his worst showings, he lost via first-round TKO to Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 on Nov. 20, 2010.

“The whole week with the Dennis Hallman fight, only a couple guys know what I went through,” Parisyan said. “I was not even supposed to walk in the f---ing cage, man. I don’t want to get into it. I’ll just tell you this: My resting heart rate was 130 (beats per minute) — my resting heart rate.

“It’s an excuse, but it’s the reality. If I say it, it makes me look bad. If I don’t say it, it makes me feel stupid because I have to say it. It’s the truth.”

Following the bout, UFC president Dana White said he was done promoting Parisyan. But history has shown White can bury the hatchet with almost anybody.

“Yes, I should be able to get the contract,” Parisyan said. “Dana felt back-stabbed by me because of the money and the contract and all that. I wasn’t trying to back-stab Dana. I love Dana White. I’ve always been good friends with Dana White and the Fertittas (Lorenzo and Frank III). These are good people.

“Saying that, of course I think I could go back and patch it up. I actually have Dana’s text, where I said, ‘I want to fight my way back, Dana.’ He said, ‘I would love that. I would love to work with you again, Karo.’ I have the text. I’m not even 30 — come on. “

Parisyan gets the opportunity to put together consecutive victories for the first time in almost five years when he meets UFC veteran John Gunderson to crown the first-ever SHOFight welterweight champion at SHOFight 20 in Springfield, Mo. Saturday. The co-main event will see UFC vet Kendall Grove take on undefeated Derek Brunson.

“(Gunderson) should just think about the guys I’ve beaten and the guys I train with,” Parisyan said. “He should just think about it and be like: ‘Oh my God. What am I going to do in the cage with this guy?’ I want him to think that. I know he’s thinking to a point that if he loses, he loses to Karo. I have some sort of a name in this sport, I guess. If he wins, God forbid, he beats someone with recognition.

“So for him, it’s a win-win situation.”

Parisyan said he isn’t looking past his opponent, but feels the victory will get him that much closer to a UFC contract.

“If I get one more win after that and they refuse me, I’ll open my f---ing mouth. Trust me,” Parisyan said. “Listen, man, there’s only so much you can do. I don’t have to prove myself that much. My cards are on the table. The guys I’ve beaten and the things I’ve done — people know me.

“There are guys in the UFC that have absolutely no f---ing place to even be around the cage. I see guys fighting on f---ing FX — he’s 3-1 and he’s in the UFC fighting a main-card fight! Are you kidding me? So I cannot even come close to that?

“Me being out of shape completely, I can still bring more fight and more show than most of those guys. I don’t want to disrespect these guys. Everybody who walks in the cage, my hat’s off to them. But come on — I’m being realistic here, bro. I’m being honest. I might sit crooked, but I’ll talk straight.”

PARISYAN HEARTS ROUSEY

Karo (The Heat) Parisyan “feels sorry” for any fighter who steps in the cage with Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

“Ronda is like my little sister, man. She’s a good kid. I love her,” Parisyan told QMI Agency.

“Ronda is an animal. There’s a reason why Ronda is an animal. It’s because she was training with guys like us when she was growing up. She was a 10-year-old kid training with guys like us — that’s bizarre.

“Ronda was this little white chick that her mom would bring in and she’d come do judo with us. That’s why she got so good. Today, I don’t think there’s a single female in the business that can stand toe-to-toe with this girl and make it a fight because she’ll take you down and break your arm. Just like that Miesha Tate girl who was talking a lot of crap. I feel sorry for that girl. I feel sorry for Cyborg (Cristiane Santos), I feel sorry for most of the guys that might fight her.”

Rousey’s first title defence will be against B.C.’s Sarah Kaufman in August.

FLYWEIGHT TOURNEY STALLS AGAIN

The UFC flyweight tournament has hit yet another road block.

Following his exciting, unanimous-decision victory over Ian McCall, Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson has to undergo hernia surgery.

“It’s called an inguinal hernia,” Johnson told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “It’s very common in men. It’s pretty explicit to talk about it, but basically, it’s a very uncomfortable situation. I noticed it after I got done fighting.

“My forearm and right hand hurt pretty bad and that’s mostly what my mind was focused on. Once I got home, though, I noticed I was hurting in the groin area.”

The 125-pound tourney initially stalled when a scoring error in March forced an immediate rematch between Johnson and McCall, which was won by Johnson last weekend.

Johnson will meet Joseph Benavidez to crown a first-ever UFC flyweight champion sometime this fall. Benavidez earned his spot in the final after scoring a TKO win over Yasuhiro Urushitani three months ago.

TUF GETS BACK TO BASICS

The Ultimate Fighter will be abandoning the new live format and is set to return to its old pre-recorded structure.

In a first for the popular reality show, TUF Live episodes featured highlights of the previous week’s training and were capped off by live fights every Friday evening.

UFC president Dana White told Yahoo! Sports that if next season’s ratings are below expectations, the show could be moved to a different day.

“(If) this next season isn’t up to the standards I expect, (FX) promised me we can move it to Tuesday or Wednesday,” White said.

Though the ratings were some of the lowest in series history, dating back to the show’s inception on Spike TV, White called them “a smash-hit home run for (FX).” However, in the past, he expressed his lack of enthusiasm towards the program airing Friday evenings, when a large portion of his target audience is out partying.

Casting for TUF 16 takes place in the fall and will feature welterweight fighters.

PEOPLE’S CHAMP JOINS ELITE GROUP

Tito (The People’s Champ) Ortiz has earned a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.

UFC president Dana White told MMA Weekly that the former light-heavyweight champion will be inducted at July’s Fan Expo.

“He’s definitely a part of the history of the sport,” White said.

Ortiz made his MMA debut in 1997 as an alternate in the UFC 13 tournament. After earning a 31-second TKO victory over Wes Albritton, Ortiz replaced an injured Enson Inoue in the tourney finals, but was submitted by Guy Mezger. He avenged the loss two years later.

Ortiz captured the vacant light-heavyweight championship, defeating Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision, at UFC 25 in 2000. He defended the belt fives times before dropping it to Randy Couture in 2003.

Ortiz earned another crack at the title in 2006, but suffered a TKO loss to Chuck Liddell at UFC 66.

His final octagon appearance will be a rubber match against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 on July 7.

HALL OF FAMERS

The UFC Hall of Fame currently features seven fighters and the co-founder of the Tapout clothing line. Former light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will be inducted in July.

Mark Coleman

Randy Couture

Royce Gracie

Matt Hughes

Chuck Liddell

Dan Severn

Ken Shamrock

Charles (Mask) Lewis

JOSE RODRIGUEZ’S RANT

The grumblings are understandable but the conspiracy theories are nothing short of laughable.

Numerous cards plagued with injuries have forced the UFC into a mad scramble to shore up shows and parachute in main events.

The list is long but no event has been hit harder than the UFC 149 card in Calgary.

The latest scratch is a main event fight between featherweight champ Jose Aldo and Erik Koch.

Of the originally announced main card for 149, only one fight remains intact — Cheick Kongo vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Gone are Mauricio (Shogun) Rua, Thiago Alves and Michael Bisping.

Hard to blame fans who shelled out as much as $700 a seat for being more than just a little upset.

But some of the scuttlebutt is a bit ridiculous.

“The UFC doesn’t care about Canadian cards.” Wrong, per capita, Canada is its largest audience.

Or, my personal favourite: “the gluttonously content UFC has sold out the Calgary show, so UFC brass don’t really care who’s on the card.”

For anyone who believes that last one, here’s a reality check: The UFC is a pay-per-view business. What it makes at the gate is a bit like the car wash money in the truck ashtray.

There is no conspiracy to scale down sold-out shows because, from a business standpoint, it’s idiotic.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d rather see Jose Aldo put his belt on the line than watch Urijah Faber fight Renan Barao for an interim bantamweight title.

But Faber taking on a man who hasn’t lost in his past 27 fights is not a bad replacement.

At the end of the day, there are more fights than ever and as UFC president Dana White pointed out, fighters are running super-camps with some of the best fighters in the world coming in to help them train.

Injuries are inevitable.

That — and a spate of bad luck — is the reason all these cards are getting last-minute makeovers.

There is no conspiracy.


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