On the card of the first event in Canada for the UFC, it looks like we could be seeing Karo “The Heat” Parisyan and Thiago Alves battling in a welterweight match. MMA Junkie is reporting that the fight is in talks and will very likely take place at the April 19th show in Montreal. The report claims sources close to both fighters have said signed agreements are forthcoming. It’d be another welterweight bout to go with the headlining fight between Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre.
Karo is in the mix within the division and has stated he wants a shot at the title, something he lost out on when an injury caused him to drop out of a fight with Matt Hughes a couple of years ago. He is currently 18-4 – and will be when he fights Alves, unless he loses a sanctioned street fight between now and then – and has won eight of his last nine fights (seven by decision). He was on “Inside MMA” back in December and said that instead of fighting Jon Fitch, he wanted something else:
A “more-guaranteed win” and he said he needs “an easier fight than Jon Fitch so I can basically have a high percentage of beating (the opponent) and getting a title shot.”
He did apparently go on to say he wasn’t offered a bout with Fitch. Too late, you already look like a pussy. What happened to the days where the best fighters wanted to fight the other top contenders to prove they were the best? So It looks like it could be Karo and Alves. Speaking of the 13-3 Alves, he isn’t exactly going to lay down for Parisyan to use him as a bridge to a title fight. The “Pitbull” may have lost to Spencer Fisher as well as to Fitch (both in the second round), but he’s been impressive since.
The biggest speedbump for Alves was when he failed a drug test (for UFC 66) for a prescription drug that happened to be banned. It was a diuretic – basically the pill version of a finger down the throat. He was suspended for nine months. And Sean Sherk was suspended for six months for a performance enhancer. We can’t say it enough.
It’s been a busy year so far for the UFC with announcements and dealings for UFC 81, 82, 83, Fight Night, etc. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated as more details are solidified.