Jordan Breen reports on the unintentionally hilarious pre-fight press conference in Brisbane, for Impact FC's first event this Saturday, starring Josh Barnett, Karo Parisyan, and Sokoudjou: "The puddle of water continued to hungrily devour the tile floor. The Australian media were keen to ask about sporting crossover: Former UFC champion Carlos Newton was asked about the recent State of Origin, the nation's most beloved rugby league competition, while Ferreira was asked why Brazil's national side lost at the World Cup. "DUNGA!" Ferreira exploded before his manager and translator Tiago Okamura even finished translating the question. "Dunga took the team down!" he added, giving the former Brazilian coach a literal thumbs down. As the soccer conversation went on, an anxious Parisyan drummed loudly on his thighs before standing up and saying quietly, "I can't sit down, man." When Ferreira's opponent, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, spoke, it was again Barnett who took the media reins. "Your background is in judo, but you prefer to use your muay Thai in fights," Barnett earnestly inquired. "Why do you not use the skills you've worked on your whole life?" "Well, with fighters like Arona or Nogueira, if I throw them, they'll submit me. That's why I focus on striking, what I love to do," Sokoudjou explained. "With judo, you just throw, there's not so much ground game." "Not exactly, but whatever," the roaming Parisyan interjected from the back of the room. The room fell silent. With no response, Parisyan rolled his eyes to discredit the Cameroonian, whom he actually beat in judo competition nearly a decade ago. Parisyan continued his stroll around the room before settling on the couch next to me. "What are you writing?" he asked. "I'm writing about you walking around, rolling your eyes," I smiled." Photo: Sherdog
Strikeforce has decided not to sign Karo Parisyan, according to MMA Junkie: Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the news after a source close to the event said a proposed deal had recently been shelved. "We had a cup of coffee," Coker said. "It didn't work out. "He's a great kid. We wish him luck." The proposed deal called for Parisyan to fight at "Strikeforce: Los Angeles" on June 16 against an opponent to be determined. Parisyan could not be reached for comment.
Dana White says "Karo Parisyan will not be fighting" at UFC 106. [UPDATE] by Dana White - "Pulled out of the fight the day before weigh ins again with a laundry list of excuses!!! Let the press ask karo why! Let him explain." [UPDATE] by Josh Gross - "Karo Parisyan via text confirmed he won’t be fighting Saturday. He declined to answer any questions." [UPDATE] by Dana White - "Dustin will be paid his full purse to show and win. Its not his fault." HT: twitter.com/danawhite UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 coverage
"A welterweight bout pitting returning fighters Dustin Hazelett and Karo Parisyan against each other has been verbally agreed to for UFC 106 on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas. Sources close to the bout confirmed the agreement to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. Parisyan (18-5) Loss Dong Hyun Kim Split Decision UFC 94 Loss Thiago Alves Technical Knock Out UFC Fight Night Hazelett (12-4) Win Tamdan McCrory Submission (Arm Lock) UFC 91 Win Josh Burkman Submission (Arm Lock) The Ultimate Fighter HT: MMAWeekly.com
Ryo Chonan updated his blog last night: "I'm surprised to hear about Yoshida. His opponent, Karo Parisyan, backed out at last minute. Karo said he was in the best shape when I talked to him yesterday. I wonder what happened to him. Yoshida's mom came here to see his fight all way from Japan and he had a hard time dieting for this fight. I'm sorry for him. Charged with a role as the only fighter who represents Japan, I'm going to have a great performance tomorrow." Translation from SukiMMA