“Karo Parisyan is kind of like the gatekeeper of the division….”
That statement was made on last night's Countdown To UFC 85 by UFC President Dana White.
– UFC President Dana White last night referred to one of the top welterweights in the sport, Karo Parisyan, as a gatekeeper for the 170-pound division during the “UFC Countdown” to 85 hour-long special on Spike TV. White was talking about how impressive it was that Thiago Alves was able to take him out UFC Fight Night 13 and get a crack at Matt Hughes in the main event at “Bedlam” this Saturday in London, England. Perhaps White has a different definition of gatekeeper, but in most circles that is not necessarily a desirable distinction — especially for a fighter who was supposedly knocking on the door to a title shot before the loss and has just three losses in 11 attempts inside the Octagon.
While I do find it odd for White to make the statement about Parisyan...it does have some merit in itself. Parisyan has a loss to GSP already...as well as Thiago Alves, and Diego Sanchez. He hasn't beaten any of the top contenders such as Fitch, Koscheck or Hughes(even though they were supposed to meet at UFC 56 in the title match). So in a sense...why wouldn't he be a gatekeeper? Is White saying he's NOT one of the top WW fighter's in the world? No, at this point he's simply a fighter in which someone can build his name upon. Much like 'The Pitbull" just did...and now he's more than likely one win away from a title shot.