(And boom goes the dynamite. Photo courtesy of UFC.com)
According to UFC welterweight Thiago Alves on Monday’s edition of TAGG Radio, Karo Parisyan has come to terms with his sort-of controversial TKO loss at UFC Fight Night 13, which Parisyan immediately protested as soon as he regained his faculties:
“You can look at the replay,” Alves said. “Even I looked at it after the fight. He was out. He fell. He had no reaction at all. I kept punching and punching, and sometimes when you’re out, when you get punched again you wake up. You don’t know what just happened.
“That was [Parisyan's] concern. He thought that nothing happened. ‘Why’d you stop the fight?’ you know? When he saw the replay, even (Parisyan’s coach Randy) Couture was like, ‘You got knocked out.’ After a while, [Parisyan] texted my coach and apologized and everything. Karo’s a great guy.”
Sadly, Karo is probably still trying to wrap his head around the fact that he just lost his highly cherished title shot — which, to hear the guy talk in previous interviews, seemed to be his sole reason for fighting. To add insult to injury, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva all but promised Alves a future crack at the 170-pound belt:
“Right now I heard I’m right behind Jon Fitch,” Alves said. “That’s what Joe Silva told me.”
And I guess that makes sense, except for two things:
1) It assumes that Alves will remain unbeaten for like six months. While on the same radio show, Alves said “My manager asked me if I want to wait to see what’s up, and I said, ‘I don’t want to wait, I want to fight.’ Probably I’ll be fighting by June or July.” Good to see he’s not trying to pull a Karo on this one, but it means he’ll have to survive at least one more fight before he gets his shot. And who’s the UFC going to match him up with for that fight — some creampuff, or someone dangerous sitting directly under him on the ladder, like Marcus Davis or Diego Sanchez? Isn’t it kind of ludicrous to promise someone a title shot that far into the future?
2) Does anybody remember Matt Hughes? Isn’t he supposed to fight Matt Serra directly after Serra fights GSP? I know, longshot, but if Serra wins on the 19th, Hughes would have the first title shot, then Fitch…and then Alves? So now we’re really getting into the hypothetical. It bothers me that Joe Silva doesn’t even seem to be considering a Serra win as a possibility. Talk about counting your chickens…