Embattled Armenian welterweight fighter Karo “The Heat” Parisyan was looking to be at the beginning of a slow decline after having a victory over Dong Hyun Kim overturned due to testing positive for prescription painkillers and getting kicked out of the UFC after pulling out of a scheduled bout with Dustin Hazelett at the last minute. Rumors spread that Parisyan was suffering from a serious addiction to prescription painkillers and the fighter himself admitted publicly to having an anxiety disorder. Things could be looking up for the talented judoka, however, as MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani reported earlier today that Parisyan has been invited back to the UFC after one fight outside of the promotion (at a July Impact FC event where he choked out Ben Mortimer) and will most likely face Dennis Hallman this November at UFC 123. CagePotato.com caught up with Parisyan to discuss his return to the UFC.
“I thank God that I’m getting another opportunity,” Parisyan told CagePotato. “I talked to Dana a couple times and we went back and forth on a couple things. Basically he said they’d give me another shot. He texted me and said, ‘I’ll give you another shot. Just don’t screw me,’ and I said, ‘No problem.”
UFC President Dana White announced Parisyan’s 2009 ejection from the UFC via Twitter, announcing that Parisyan would “not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!” White has obviously relented on his stance and “The Heat” says that he is going to do everything that he can in order to get fully prepared for this bout and to not let down the UFC again.
“Everything’s falling into place,” said Parisyan. “I should be ready for the fight, God willing. I’ll have an 11-week camp to get ready. Monday I start camp and I’ll hopefully be able to make everything right. I’m going to Vegas and I’ll be going back and forth between there and [California] to train and get in shape to take on Hallman.”
Parisyan has only lost three times in his twelve-fight UFC career, to current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves. He holds an overall professional mixed martial arts record of 19-5-0, 1 NC. UFC 123 is likely to go down this November 20th at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The card is rumored to feature a light heavyweight match up between Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.