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Exclusive: Karo Parisyan Talks About Overcoming His Demons, His Meeting With Scott Coker and Asks For Another Chance

Our own senior editor, Mike Russell was on hand at last weekend’s MMA Expo in Toronto, where he caught up with a number of MMA fighters, including former UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan.

As always, “The Heat” had a lot to say about a variety of subjects including how he’s turned the corner from his highly publicized depression and anxiety issues that he revealed to us included thoughts of suicide, his upcoming fight in Australia, what really happened during his meeting with Strikeforce president Scott Coker, his hope that fans will forgive his past mistakes and aspiration to one day compete again in the Octagon.

Parisyan admits he screwed up and that digging himself out of the hole he dug for himself will be an arduous task, but points out that he is prepared to do whatever it takes to earn back the respect of the MMA community and to one day make it back to the UFC.

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Mike Russell- June 16, 2010 at 6:04 am
 I was the little person working the camera...
Angry Whopper- June 16, 2010 at 4:08 am
am i a bad person because i'm secretly relieved that mike russel is not, in fact, a midget? probably.
Harry Nips- June 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm
@PurplePickle- I'll have to rewatch the Burkman fight. I don't remember it. I agree that Karo always has some exciting fights and he never really got under my skin. The point I was getting @ is it bothers me that guys like Karo have fought @ the highest level for so many years and have never really improved on their weaknesses. He needs to make drastic improvements to his his standup if he wants to sniff the Top 10 again let alone the Top 5.
steampunk22- June 15, 2010 at 10:01 am
Shirt buddies. Rockin' the horns at home right now, actually.
Leonard Washington- June 15, 2010 at 9:46 am
Pretty solid interview. It's tough to walk that fine line between being respectful but boring and asking hard-hitting questions to liven things up.

I'm starting to take issue with the whole "UFC castoff" thing being a bad thing. Do the fighters who are just outside the UFC bubble not represent the best available talent on the market? Why is everything and anything that's 2nd place to the UFC mean poor quality? Since when is the closest thing to the elite inferior instead of respectable?

Also, no offense, but it's quite a stretch to say Karo's boxing has been anything close to "fluid", even in the Burkman fight. His striking has shown huge improvement, but I agree with the dude who said his strength in the clinch and grappling was phenomenal, but resulted in a serious lack of finishing abilities against top competition.
justscrappin- June 15, 2010 at 6:36 am
Yeah...we are a Carlson Gracie instructor went from white to purple directly from him before he passed away (descanse en paz) and then DeLaRiva gave him his Brown and Black belts. We have Cyborg seminar's 2-3 times a year. Sometimes Boca...( Moacir Oliveira...another DLR bb) and we also train alot with a Canadian blackbelt who's name is Dave...I think his last name is Dayboll. We are really getting into the Raging Wolf fights...cross training with the fighters from there. Hopefully another year or so...and we will have fights at the HSBC Arena. Things are looking good in WNY.
Mike Russell- June 15, 2010 at 6:21 am
Thanks for the invite, man. I train at a 10th Planet affiliate here, but I'm waiting to get the results of a CT scan back to make sure my neck isn't like Tito's. A Jeff Monson doppelganger at the gym try to fold me in half by sitting on me. It's gotten worse over the past month and a half, so I haven't been able to train.
justscrappin- June 15, 2010 at 6:14 am
Which leads me to my next point Gusbuster....if your in the Buffalo, NY area...come train bjj with me at Buffalo Bjj. We have the only DeLaRiva promoted blackbelt in America.
justscrappin- June 15, 2010 at 6:12 am
Your profiles are very similar....and yeah maybe the glasses being the same style pull it all together. I've only seen the face you shopped onto the midget..and yes that didn't make me think of Mauro..but before you hit play to watch the video...Mauro is aboot to interview Karo. Also I'm from I should be allowed to make fun of an ontarioian (is that a word?) before all these other guys cuz I'm basically from Southern Toronto.
Mike Russell- June 15, 2010 at 5:56 am
 Well...we both have glasses. That's about where the similarities end, IMO.hxxp://
justscrappin- June 15, 2010 at 5:53 am
Listen...I'm not trying to take sides here, but I swear to god that when I saw the still frame from the video, I thought.." Wow....why the hell would Mauro cut his hair like that...and where's his suit?"
The Librarian- June 15, 2010 at 5:10 am
Why is everyone so rough on the Canadian accent? Much better than a Brooklyn accent, to my ears.
fatbellyfrank- June 15, 2010 at 4:24 am
Sorry to go so far off topic, but this was in an actual Australian newspaper!!!!

Jenna Jameson and Tito Ortiz look to be splitting up From: The Daily Telegraph June 14, 2010 12:00AM Add to DiggAdd to del.icio.usAdd to FacebookAdd to KwoffAdd to MyspaceAdd to NewsvineWhat are these? Look destined to end their relationship ... Mixed martial arts star Tito Ortiz and former porn actress Jenna Jameson.
FORMER porn star Jenna Jameson and partner, UFC legend, Tito Ortiz, seem heading for a split.
Jameson and the UFC extreme fighter holidayed with their twin sons in the Bahamas last weekend as Jameson co-hosted the Sun, Fun and 21 bikini contest.

But Jameson and Ortiz were hardly together, the New York Post reports.

"They weren't photographed together at the contest or at the club, and he was not at her table for dinner," said a witness.

In April, Ortiz was arrested after a domestic dispute at their California home, but charges were dropped with police citing a lack of collaboration from the witness.

Ortiz, who has been jailed for battery with serious bodily injury, met Jameson on the MySpace web site in 2006. They had twin boys Jesse and Journey in March last year.

Fuck.Me.Dead. What has the world come to
fatbellyfrank- June 15, 2010 at 2:25 am
I was actually thinking Barry Manilow or Dog the Bounty Hunter, I keep gettin em mixed up, ( its the haircut)
ghostboner- June 15, 2010 at 2:19 am
Barrack Oba... Wait, no, Neil Diamond!
fatbellyfrank- June 15, 2010 at 2:16 am
Boner, got out just in time,that was some weird ass shit, and let me tell you, this Dick Misanthropenis is an evil looking freak. and capable of indescribable destruction upon our planet, only one man can save us now, and we all know who that is!!!!!!
ghostboner- June 15, 2010 at 1:52 am
FBF, I hope you finished before the transformation into Dick Misanthropenis, or you are in danger of being on queer street, and not in the Joe Rogan sense.
ghostboner- June 15, 2010 at 1:41 am
Dick Misanthropenis. GBust never sleeps.
Sjsurf- June 15, 2010 at 1:32 am
Damn MRuss, got a little nervous there after the "ufc misfits" question eh? kudos bro, nice interview.
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 15, 2010 at 1:27 am
It's cool, I got a used one off ebay. It said something about being from the cadaver of a serial rapist, but it was fresh... and cheap!! Two good things in my book. It showed up at my door in a duct-taped ice chest full of half melted ice packs and it even came with a sporty little carrying case...
nicer- June 15, 2010 at 1:25 am
Russell, you need to fix your accent or I'm gonna fly to Canada and fix it for you.
Mrs_Misanthropy- June 15, 2010 at 1:13 am
@ MicRustle

I thought the interview was good? I admire the way you remained so calm next to a potentially psychotically homicidal armenian maniac? Especially the way you managed to maintain a straight face long enough to complete the interview? I noticed you didn't even flinch once from the excessive cologne or falafel breath?

(Man, what's it gonna take to get my dong back around here?)
ghostboner- June 15, 2010 at 12:38 am
Wow this thread sure turned awesome.

@Missus Muscular Dystrophy - I quote the immortal words of Nelson, HA HA! You must have struck a nerve on ol GBust. He did not seem to appreciate your remarks. I wonder if it is cause you called him fat, or cause you called him Mauro Ranallo? I'm guessing it's the Mauro part. I haven't found cause to bust his chops yet, but I'm curious what my name would end up being if I did. But +1 keeping this shit entertaining, and +1 for the King seX reference.

@Rex Con - I am appalled that you have received no praise for that. I laughed heartily. +2 for Ash saying the damn words, kinda, sorta, well mostly.

@FBF +1 for trying to bang Miss piss tosser within minutes of her sex being changed, and also for suggesting that he/she might have multiple personalities and/or a legion of illegitimate children all posting under the same name.

@GooseBooster +1 for showing that Wu Tang Cannucks ain't nuttin ta fuck wit. I will give you another +1 if you take the inside joke even farther inside and spell Gusbuster with 2 U's next time.
fatbellyfrank- June 15, 2010 at 12:03 am
I vaguely remeber the song, didn't know who it was by, definitely one of those lyrics that lodge themselves in your brain
Mrs_Misanthropy- June 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm
Yeah, I'm trying to get the most out of these boobs while I've got em. My immediate goal is to get my ass out on the track and see if I can lure in some of those rich business-types so I can hit 'em in the head with a tire iron and drain their bank accounts. I figure I've only got a limited period of time before I change into something else. In the meantime, taking showers is WAY more entertaining...

...Just to clarify, that's part of a song by a band called King's X that was around a while ago... I don't want to get accused of stealing jokes like Stael Semen...