The Bellator 106 lineup is complete.
With just three weeks to go before Bellator makes its first trip into the PPV market, MMA Junkie has confirmed that long time veteran of the sport Karo Parisyan will take on two-time Bellator fighter Cristiano Souza. The fight will take place on the Spike TV televised preliminary card, which will also feature the Fight Master final between Mike Bronzoulis and Joe Riggs.
Parisyan (22-10) fought fellow judoka Rick Hawn at Bellator 95 this year in Atlantic City, with Hawn winning by 2nd round KO. That defeat was his 6th in his last 11 fights, and his only remotely notable win in the past 4 years is a decision win over Thomas Denny.
Souza (6-0) is unbeaten in his professional career, and he participated on Fight Master, which is Bellator's MMA reality show. The 31-year-old Brazilian lost to Evan Cutts by 2nd round submission, but obviously doesn't have it count against his record because it's an exhibition bout.
Honestly speaking, I don't think Karo should be fighting anymore. He's looking more and more shopworn by the fight, and Hawn (who is no slouch by any means) absolutely smoked him. The only fighters he's recently proven capable of beating are regional quality at best, and he really doesn't belong in any of the top 3 MMA promotions (UFC, Bellator, World Series of FIghting). It's pretty clear that Bellator is using whatever is left of his name value as a selling point for the Spike TV prelims.
Bellator 106 takes place on November 2nd at the Long Beach Convention Center, where Michael Chandler will rematch Eddie Alvarez, Pat Curran defends his belt against Daniel Straus, and Quinton Jackson fights Tito Ortiz in the main event.