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Karo Parisyan Back in the UFC; Will Face Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in Detroit on November 20

(Karo is looking to reintroduce "The Heat"to UFC fans at UFC 123   Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle)

Exiled UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan is breathing a sigh of relief today now that he has re-signed with the promotion he became famous fighting for.

The news of Parisyan being welcomed back to the UFC was broken today by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, who reported that Karo will take on Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

We spoke to Karo this afternoon and he says he’s going to make the best of this second chance with the UFC.

"I thank God that I’m getting another opportunity. I talked to Dana a couple times and we went back and forth on a couple things. Basically he said they’d give me another shot. He texted me and said, ‘I’ll give you another shot. Just don’t screw me,’ and I said, ‘No problem."

After pulling out of a scheduled UFC 106 bout with Dustin Hazelett on the eve of the weigh-ins last November, "THe Heat" was unceremoniously dropped by the promotion and UFC president Dana White went on record saying that talented the Armenian-born judoka would never fight in the Octagon again.

But Parisyan held steadfast the past 10 months to the belief that "God willing" he would one day fight in the UFC again and now his prayers had been answered.

He says that he’s glad that White kept an open mind and considered the nature of the issues he was having when he suffered what Parisyan has termed as, "a breakdown." 

"I didn’t kill nobody" he says. "I had problems and they were basically out of my control. It happens."

Although the Internet messageboards and MMA websites have been rife with speculation about Parisyan’s alleged prescription painkiller addiction, Parisyan says that drugs weren’t the major issue that led to his breakdown, but rather the straw that broke the camel’s back. He has been accused of being a drug addict and a junkie ever since his former student Neil Melanson did an interview on the heels of his UFC release and basically threw him under the bus with comments he made about Karo’s alleged serious drug dependency.

He has since spoken publicly about the problems that led to him pulling out of UFC 106, which included what he calls "occasional abuse of medication" he was prescribed for a torn hamstring he suffered, which has never completely healed and a recent back injury he incurred in training, but he says that the main issue was his well publicized diagnosed anxiety and panic disorder.

Parisyan was put on oxymorphone and hydromorphone by his physician — the combination of painkillers that he tested positive for following his UFC 94 win with Dong Hyun Kim that was later ruled a "no-contest" —  to help alleviate the pain his hamstring and back were causing him and he relied on them to be able to train at the level he was accustomed to, but he says his dependancy on them turned unhealthy at times.

Relishing this new opportunity to climb back up the UFC’s welterweight ladder and to "make things up to the fans and the UFC," Parisyan, who has been apologetic to both groups throughout his ordeal, says things are nearly back to normal for him both physically and mentally.

"Everything’s falling into place. I should be ready for the fight, God willing. I’ll have an 11-week camp to get ready. Monday I start camp and I’ll hopefully be able to make everything right," Karo says. "I’m going to Vegas and I’ll be going back and forthe between there and [California] to train and get in shape to take on Hallman."

We’ll have an exclusive interview with Karo on next week’s episode of Cage Potato’s The Bum Rush Radio Show podcast.

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Celomet- January 4, 2012 at 6:08 am
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Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- September 3, 2010 at 9:07 am
I hope he punches a hole through Nates face. And he is the Diaz brother I like most. I Hope Karo does well. And I think it is kinda ironic that so many people are worried that he might fuck the UFC. I feel for us fans more than the UFC. the UFC is making money no mater what. It's the fans that get screwed when some douche bails out the night before the fight. If Dana didn't think it was worth the risk, you wouldn't be reading about ol' "Karo syrup" right now.
smiledriver- September 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm
Cool, he's back. Good luck "Heat." Word of advice y'see Nate Diaz backstage just keep walking homie f'real.
Gardeninja- September 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm
"I didn't kill nobody" he says. "I had problems and they were basically out of my control. It happens."
(It kind of sucks that he won't even own up to making mistakes)
On another note I hope he wins his fight and gets to fight Nate somtime... because I'm sure Nate knows who he is now.
the heat 461- September 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm
im not karo but we have alot in common i glad for him he has sick judo and has a good chin. I hope he's got his head right and i dont no any doctors that give out oxymorphone and hypromorphone for a bad hamstring. I have had chronic pain for 3 years and had to go pain managment to get strong opiods like that i take oxymorphone and oxycodone and its no joke that stuff will kill you if abused. It sounds bad for Karo you dont kick that without a doctors help oxymorphone is five times stronger then oxycotin. Just wanted to shine some light on his med cabinet i hope i'm wrong good luck Karo.
fatbellyfrank- September 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Maybe Karo could learn a thing or two from Court McGee
Seoul Brother- September 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm
"Occasional abuse of medication?" He's a cunt who fucked over fans and fighters. Plain and simple. So what if he used to be able to fight. He's a dingleberry who's clinging on to claims of "Brrrro, I kicked a lot of ass in the UFC. I'm a good fighter, brrrro." That may have been true, and maybe he's not a total waste of carbon, but if that cunt is going to expect any degree of sympathy for supporting his family, NO FUCKING DICE. If he expects any sympathy for trying to turn his life around, there are other fighters a LOT more deserving of sympathy than him. He should try to make the best of what's left of his life without fanfare and attention, and if he's not able to do that, then I hope his career goes down the shitter so badly, he couldn't get a role as a spit bucket boy in a Hector Echavarria movie.
NomadRip- September 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm
I hope this goes well, but I would vote on this ending badly for the UFC.
DARKHORSE06- September 2, 2010 at 6:44 pm
I always thought KP was one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC and am happy to see him back.

He gave his all each and every fight, got all jacked up, and used a shitload of pain killers to carry on. A genetic predeliction to drug abuse exacerbated his issues and put him on the fast track to palokaville.

He put himself is this situation and is clawing his way back out; why hate on that?

He's kinda guido-ish for me but more power to him. Strength and Honor KP.
MediumRare- September 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

You seem a little edgy, pal. Overdue for your dose of Zoloft?
DazedNConfused- September 2, 2010 at 4:24 pm
Holy shit RwilsonR, I didn't know that was the story. Well... I agree that would definitely make anyone a total asshole.

I've always been welcome to Karo fights because he is an exciting fighter. And now that the asshole explanation comes along, I feel fine liking the dude. Awesome.
Bill Jackson- September 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm
I really hope they put him against Nate Diaz. That has plenty of build up for an Ultimate Fight Night main event.
RwilsonR- September 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm
I have to admit that I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Karo. I don't know exactly why, because he seems like an absolute douchebag. I think it is a combination of two things - he used to be one hell of an exciting fighter (Diego fight, and prior), with some pretty awesome MMA judo skillz, and also I had a bit of sympathy for his lack of MMA motivation given his particular hard luck story. I mean, Karo's family used to take him down to Mexico when he was 14 to fight in unregulated fights against grown men to earn some money! If you want to know why he is an asshole - there you go. Then, when he got into the UFC and was fighting for them, his family all moved in under his roof and he was supporting all of them. It isn't any excuse, but I could understand why he is such a prick and had so much pressure on him that he was burnt out with the sport at such a young age.

Now, none of that makes me think it is a good idea to bring him back, though. He hasn't done anything to show that he is over his craziness, or that he won't fuck over the UFC again.
Roe Jogan- September 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm
Let's hope he is the OLD Karo. I want to see some Uchi-mata!

What is a judo chop?
danomite- September 2, 2010 at 3:09 pm
So instead of giving a couple up and comers a chance at the big time we instead get two guys who haven't been contenders since 2004 AND who have both tested positive for banned substances?! That Joe Silva, he's a genius when it comes to matchmaking.
KINGMADE- September 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm
Medium you obviously don't know what the fuck you are talking about. I have your weak ass right here you punk bitch.
thebassmaster- September 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm
This does not excite me. I hope Hallman beats him on the undercard
MediumRare- September 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm
Used to love watching Karo judo toss fuckers. Now I could give a shit. Pain killers I can understand. But "medicine" for depression - that shit is for the weak. Karo 'aint got it in him anymore.

Feed him to Diaz and be done with it.
jimbonics- September 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm
Judo Chop!!
SumDumGuy- September 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm
Nate's a welter weight, Nate's a WELTER WEIGHT. BRO, Nate Diaz is a WW!!!

Do you know what this means, bro...

209 vs. north Hollywood Genoside, Dana, Make it happen!!!!
Fried Taco- September 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Karo: "No, dude, just try this shit. It's great stuff."
Dana: "Okay fucker, but that doesn't fucking mean I'll let you the fuck back in the fucking UFC."

(a few minutes later)

Dana: "Fuck, dude, this shit is fucking great! So when do you fucking think you can fucking fight again? How does fucking November 20th sound?"
Viva Hate- September 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm
Oh that Karo, I bet you he charmed Dana over tea.
brain- September 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm
I hate this guys personality but I love judo in mma so I have mixed feelings about this, hopefully he will keep his mouth shut and just chuck people around the cage.
Sudos KFC- September 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm
Dana White is wearing the bitch pants on this one. Karo has ONE fight outside the UFC. Its against a no name, he still has an anxiety attack and forces the promoter to move him up in the card. How are his issues resolved? Has he paid his fine?

Please some enlighten me to one shred of proof that Karo "I never take responsibility for my fuck ups" paryisan wont claim some bullshit panic attack and drop out of this fight...oh wait he thinks he can win. Karo is a fucking joke. Me and the many other fighters that have dealt with anxiety issues and performace pressure both in our personal lives (try being a teacher lol) and our fighting careers give him a hearty middle finger.
Ballkick- September 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm
So "when" is Paul Daley comin back?