UFC veteran Karo “The Heat” Parisyan likely saw the inside of the Octagon for the last time Saturday night at UFC 123.
Long plagued by mental health issues and prescription pill dependency, Parisyan was previously released by the UFC following his last minute withdrawal from a scheduled bout with Dustin Hazelett. Prior to that, Parisyan had lost to Thiago Alves and had a split-decision win over Dong Hyun-Kim overturned after testing positive for several banned painkillers.
After picking up a win in a smaller promotion over relative unknown Ben Mortimer, Parisyan made a plea to UFC President Dana White for another shot in the Octagon. Considering Parisyan’s decorated past in the UFC, White relented and offered “The Heat” a last shot in the promotion.
“I get in these positions where guys like Karo Parisyan — who have put on a lot of great fights for me over the past few years — he falls on hard times, and I don’t want to sit here and act like a goof and pat myself on the back, but I’ve done a lot of things for him,” said White at the UFC 123 post-fight presser.
Parisyan took on Hallman on the preliminary card of this past weekend’s UFC 123 event. “The Heat” looked like a shell of the fighter who defeated Nick Diaz, Matt Serra, Josh Burkman, Ryo Chonan and Chris Lytle within the UFC’s eight walls and was dispatched in quick fashion by fellow old school veteran Dennis Hallman. Hallman dropped Parisyan with a punch and finished the job with follow-up ground and pound within two minutes of the first round.
As has been his stance with fighters whom he believes unable to compete safely at the top level of the sport (think Chuck Liddell), Dana White wants Parisyan out of the UFC for the Armenian’s own good.
“I won’t put a fighter in harm’s way, and Karo came in here tonight and proved he can’t compete at this level anymore,” he said.
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