Karo Parisyan

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Karo Parisyan
Կարո Փարիզյան
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Born Karapet Parisyan
(1982-08-28) August 28, 1982 (age 31)
Yerevan, Armenia
Native name Կարո Փարիզյան
Other names The Heat
Nationality American
Armenian
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Welterweight (170 lb)
Reach 75.5 in (192 cm)
Fighting out of North Hollywood, California, United States
Team Team Hayastan
Rank

Black belt in Judo

Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 1999–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 35
Wins 24
By knockout 2
By submission 12
By decision 10
Losses 10
By knockout 5
By submission 1
By decision 4
No contests 1
Other information
Notable relatives Manvel Gamburyan, cousin
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Karapet "Karo" Parisyan (Armenian: Կարապետ Փարիզյան; born August 28, 1982) is an Armenian-American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Welterweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 1999, Parisyan is a former WEC Welterweight Champion and has also competed for the UFC.

Background[edit]

Parisyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. 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.[1] 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.[1] In a book he published, however, Parisyan wrote that his father introduced him to judo to cure his laziness.[2] By age ten, Parisyan was training his Judo under both Chivichyan and Gene LeBell.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Hayastan Grappling System[edit]

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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

Judo[edit]

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.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Parisyan competes as a welterweight and made his UFC debut on September 23, 2003, beating Dave Strasser by kimura. In his next fight, Parisyan fought Georges St-Pierre and lost via unanimous decision. During the fight, Parisyan attempted two kimuras, however Parisyan failed to secure them as St-Pierre defended both attempts.[5] Parisyan became the first fighter to go the distance with St-Pierre. 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.

Parisyan's next fight was to take place at UFC 56: Full Force, where he would challenge UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes. However, Parysian suffered a hamstring injury and was forced to pull out.[6] Joe Riggs took his place.[7]

He next fought Nick Thompson at UFC 59 and won via submission (strikes) in the first round.

Parisyan then fought Diego Sanchez. He lost via unanimous decision. The fight was chosen as the 2006 Fight of the Year by Wrestling Observer Newsletter. However, it also ended any chance of Parisyan soon getting another UFC title fight.

Following the loss to Sanchez, Parisyan won three consecutive victories over Drew Fickett, Josh Burkman and Ryo Chonan, all via unanimous decision.

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.[8] Parisyan defeated Kim in a controversial split decision.[9] Following the fight, Parisyan tested positive for banned painkillers hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone.[10] Parisyan has stated that he has a prescription for the medications due to a severe back / hamstring injury.[11]

Parisyan was suspended pending a full hearing in mid-March.[12] On March 17, 2009, the NSAC suspended Parisyan for nine months and ruled his decision victory a "no contest".[13]

Parisyan was scheduled to fight Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106,[14] 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."[15] 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.[16]

Post-UFC[edit]

Karo Parisyan entered into talks with Strikeforce, looking to continue his mixed martial arts career in the USA, but it proved unsuccessful.[17]

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[edit]

On September 2, 2010, it was announced that Karo would be returning to the UFC. He faced Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in November.[18] 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.[19]

Second Post UFC Run[edit]

Karo fought highly touted Canadian prospect Ryan Ford on May 19, 2011 in the MMA Live 1 show in London, Ontario, Canada.[20] 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.[21] 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 lost 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.[22]

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 said “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.”[23]

He defeated Tiger Bonds via first round armbar on September 29, 2012 at a Gladiator Challenge event.[24]

Parisyan then fought on October 28, 2012 against Edward Darby and won via first round armbar.[25]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Parisyan's first Bellator fight was against fellow Judoka, Rick Hawn at Bellator 95. Parisyan and Hawn had faced off twice in Judo competition previously, with Hawn winning both their matches at the Judo U.S. Open.[26] In their Bellator bout, Parisyan lost via TKO in the second round.[27]

Parisyan was expected to face Fight Master competitor Cristiano Souza at Bellator 106, but pulled out due to injury.[28]

Parisyan faced Ron Keslar on April 11, 2014 at Bellator 116. He won the fight via knockout in the second round, marking the first KO victory of his MMA career.

Parisyan faced Bellator newcomer and former sparring partner Phil Baroni on July 25, 2014 at Bellator 122.[29] He won the fight by TKO in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Submission Grappling[edit]

  • Judo
    • Black Belt in Judo under Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell
    • Judo International Champion (4)
    • Junior National Champion (6)
    • Pan American Judo Silver Medalist

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 24–10 (1) Phil Baroni TKO (punches) Bellator 122 July 25, 2014 1 2:06 Temecula, California, United States
Win 23–10 (1) Ron Keslar KO (punches) Bellator 116 April 11, 2014 2 4:05 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 22–10 (1) Rick Hawn KO (punches) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 2 1:55 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bellator dubut
Win 22–9 (1) Edward Darby Submission (armbar) Gladiator Challenge: Heat Returns October 28, 2012 1 2:10 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 21–9 (1) Tiger Bonds Submission (armbar) Gladiator Challenge: King Of The Mountain September 29, 2012 1 1:03 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 20–9 (1) John Gunderson Submission (guillotine choke) ShoFight 20 June 16, 2012 1 2:47 Springfield, Missouri, United States For vacant ShoFIGHT Welterweight Championship
Win 20–8 (1) Thomas Denny Decision (unanimous) WMMA 1 - Fighting for a Better World March 31, 2012 3 5:00 El Paso, Texas, United States
Loss 19–8 (1) Jordan Smith Decision (split) Amazon Forest Combat 1 September 14, 2011 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 19–7 (1) Ryan Ford TKO (cut) JEG - MMA Live 1 May 19, 2011 3 1:26 London, Ontario, Canada Doctor stopped the fight due to a cut that opened on Parisyan.
Loss 19–6 (1) Dennis Hallman TKO (punches) UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida November 20, 2010 1 1:47 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 19–5 (1) Ben Mortimer Submission (rear-naked choke) Impact FC 1 - The Uprising July 10, 2010 2 4:18 Brisbane, Australia
NC 18–5 (1) Dong Hyun Kim No Contest UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Original split decision win; failed post-fight drug test for banned painkillers.
Loss 18–5 Thiago Alves TKO (strikes) UFC Fight Night 13 April 2, 2008 2 0:34 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 18–4 Ryo Chonan Decision (unanimous) UFC 78: Validation November 17, 2007 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 17–4 Josh Burkman Decision (unanimous) UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson May 26, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–4 Drew Fickett Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 7 December 13, 2006 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Loss 15–4 Diego Sanchez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 6 August 17, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 2006 Fight of the Year.
Win 15–3 Nick Thompson Submission (strikes) UFC 59 - Reality Check April 15, 2006 1 4:44 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 14–3 Matt Serra Decision (unanimous) UFC 53: Heavy Hitters June 4, 2005 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–3 Chris Lytle Decision (unanimous) UFC 51: Super Saturday February 5, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 Nick Diaz Decision (split) UFC 49: Unfinished Business August 21, 2004 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 Shonie Carter Decision (unanimous) WEC 10 - Bragging Rights May 21, 2004 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Won WEC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 10–3 Georges St-Pierre Decision (unanimous) UFC 46: Supernatural January 31, 2004 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Dave Strasser Submission (kimura) UFC 44: Undisputed September 26, 2003 1 3:52 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night. UFC debut.
Win 9–2 Fernando Vasconcelos Decision (unanimous) King of the Cage 22 March 23, 2003 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 8–2 Antonio McKee Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Cage Fighting 3 February 15, 2003 3 5:00 Hollywood, California, United States
Win 7–2 Darrell Smith Submission (armbar) Reality Submission Fighting 3 March 30, 2001 1 0:59 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–2 Sean Sherk TKO (corner stoppage) Reality Submission Fighting 2 January 5, 2001 1 16:20 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–1 Sean Sherk Decision (unanimous) Reality Submission Fighting 1 October 10, 2000 1 18:00 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Win 6–0 Guido Jennings Submission (choke) Kage Kombat 16 June 7, 1999 1 6:33 California, United States
Win 5–0 Justin Bumphus Submission (choke) ESF - Empire One May 15, 1999 1 N/A Corona, California, United States
Win 4–0 Scott Davis Submission (armbar) Kage Kombat 14 April 5, 1999 1 2:16 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 3–0 Jason Rittgers Submission (armbar) Kage Kombat 14 April 5, 1999 1 1:58 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 2–0 Zach McKinney Submission (armbar) Kage Kombat 12 February 1, 1999 1 0:23 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 1–0 Brian Warren Submission (ankle lock) Kage Kombat 12 February 1, 1999 1 0:44 Los Angeles, California, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Karo "The Heat" Parisyan". Little Armenia.com. Retrieved April 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Hayastan Grappling Challenge – Rules". Hayastan Grappling Challenge.com. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "UFC 46 Supernatural Photos Karo Parisyan vs Georges St. Pierre". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "UFC 56: Hughes vs Parisyan". Tapology.com. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "UFC 56 - Full Force". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  8. ^ mmasurvival.com. mmasurvival.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  9. ^ UFC 94. Matt-hughes.com (2009-02-03). Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  10. ^ "Parisyan Tests Positive; Revealed Meds Pre-fight". MMAWeekly.com. February 10, 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "UFC's Parisyan suspended until formal hearing". CNN. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  13. ^ Brian Knapp. "Parisyan Suspended Nine Months". Sherdog. 
  14. ^ "Parisyan vs. Hazelett agreed to for UFC 106". August 24, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Update: Parisyan Out of UFC 106". November 19, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Neil Melanson: 'Karo is suffering right now'". FiveOuncesOfPain.com. November 20, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Karo "The Heat" Parisyan may sign for Strikeforce'". LowKick.com. May 5, 2010. 
  18. ^ Ariel Helwani. "Karo Parisyan Welcomed Back to UFC, Offered Dennis Hallman at UFC 123". MMA Fighting. 
  19. ^ Matt Erickson. "Dana White: BJ Penn Gets Jon Fitch Next". MMA Fighting. 
  20. ^ Mma Live Canada. Mma Live Canada. Retrieved on 2011-06-07.
  21. ^ http://www.mmaweekly.com/karo-parisyan-and-lyle-beerbohm-get-new-opponents-at-worldwide-mma
  22. ^ ShoFight 20 Results: Karo Loses Again, Brunson Victim Of Questionable Judging. Bloody Elbow. Retrieved on 2012-06-23.
  23. ^ "Monson, Parisyan Scratched from Superior Challenge 8; Linderman, Marcus Davis to Fill Spots". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  24. ^ http://www.gladiatorchallenge.com/event.asp?ID=179
  25. ^ http://www.gladiatorchallenge.com/news.asp?ID=454
  26. ^ "Olympic Judoka Rick Hawn takes to the cage". Boston Herald. 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  27. ^ "BELLATOR 95 RESULTS: LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY & UPDATES". April 4, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Karo Parisyan vs. Cristiano Souza is 14th addition to Bellator 106's PPV event". October 15, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Phil Baroni vs. Karo Parisyan added to Bellator 122". mmafighting.com. June 17, 2014. 

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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