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Ariel Helwani reports:
Less than a year after Dana White tweeted that Karo Parisyan would never fight again in the UFC, "The Heat" has been welcome back to the organization and offered a fight against Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Parisyan told MMA Fighting he "worked hard" over the past few months to get back in the good graces of White and the UFC, until he was finally offered another shot. He said he agreed to a new three-fight deal with the organization.
Parisyan was fired from the UFC for pulling out of his scheduled bout with Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106 at the last minute. He also pulled out of a UFC 88 fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida on very short notice.
Parisyan has publicly struggled with an anxiety disorder. His only fight since leaving the UFC was at the infamous ImpactFC event in Brisbane where he persuaded the promoter to let him fight earlier on the card than scheduled becuase of his anxiety issues.
He also failed a drug test after UFC 94 that converted his win over Dyon Hung Kim into a no contest.
Karo Parisyan has clearly struggled with a number of issues these last few years. Here's wishing him all the best in his return to the UFC.