Karo Parisyan is still bitter after his TKO loss to Thiago Alves back at UFN 13. In the following interview he pulls no punches...and actually tells on himself just a lil bit....Fightlinker has the goods
“(Do I) accept the decision that I got [expletive] in my ass with no lube?” Karo asked. “Yeah, I can accept that. Other than that, (have I) accepted the loss? I have no other choice but to accept the loss because of what happened to me.
“But as far as it [being] an early stoppage? Yes, I still think it was an early stoppage. Because Matt Serra punched me, almost took my lights out, and he was still hitting me, and they didn’t stop that fight. Then they stop a fight where I get dropped and rocked and I eat three punches on my shoulder and one to the neck, and they stop the fight. To seal the deal, they should’ve let the guy throw two to three more punches on my face solid before they stopped the fight.”
While I do think Karo has earned the benefit of the doubt in terms of his ability to take punishment...I couldn't really argue with the ref's decision to stop the fight either.
“No disrespect to Thiago or his camp,” Parisyan said. “I have tremendous respect for all of them. But three years ago, if I would have looked at Thiago as an opponent, I would have laughed. ‘Come one, man. Give me some real competition.’ But today with me, just because of lack of training, and a lack of motivation for several reasons in my life, Thiago became a challenge. And unexpectedly, I lost the fight. I still can’t believe it.
“At the same time I will tell Thiago, God willing, eventually I’ll meet you one more day in your career, and it will be disturbing to watch what I do to you.”
Hold up...how can you have a tremendous amount of respect for a fighter...yet cite a lack of training/lack of motivation as reasons for losing? Karo is a veteran in the fight game....however, lately it's clear that his maturity level is still in the infancy stages. How you take a fight with THAT much riding on it lightly is beyond me. I think it's rumored that Karo will face Yoshiyuki Yoshida in his next matchup. If "The Heat" isn't careful he'll be staring at back to back losses for the first time since losing to Sean Sherk twice back in 00'-01'. Here's to hoping Karo brings it in his next fight....because if his last fight was any indication Yoshida definitely will.