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Karo Parisyan Talks Failed Strikeforce Deal and Ongoing Stress

(After shaving his chest and face, Karo hit 170 with ease.)

Karo Parisyan spoke with MMAJunkie Radio yesterday and explained in depth the Strikeforce deal, codenamed by the promotion’s CEO Scott Coker as "a cup of coffee," that never materialized.

According to the beleaguered former UFC fighter who has admitted that he has struggled with anxiety and although he hasn’t confirmed the rumor, is said to have battled addiction to painkillers the past few years, the contract was all but drawn up and it was he who rejected the deal because of certain provisions.

"They don’t know how to bring somebody back [from a lay-off] — to give them a fight and to give them time to train. They give me a fight five weeks out to fight a tough kid who just won DREAM. I have no problem fighting anybody anytime, but I hadn’t fought for a long time and I needed time to train for the fight and to get mentally and physically prepared and it just wasn’t the right time. They didn’t give me the right time to train and a lot of their fighters are very  disappointed with their organization as far as they don’t get the fights they think they deserve and they don’t get to fight as often [as they'd like]. It was a six-fight deal I was about to sign with them. The deal was for okay money but the deal is I’ve got to fight. Six fights… I probably would have probably fought over six years — a fight a year, and I just can’t afford that. I gotta be fighting at least twice a year to, at the most, four times a year. It just wasn’t right. No offense to them, it wasn’t for me at the time."

Although he didn’t name the fighter, I’m guessing he meant he was offered DREAM welterweight grand prix winner Marius Zaromskis since he went on to explain that an eventual rematch with Nick Diaz, who Zaromskis battled in January for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt, was also discussed during talks with the promotion.

Karo also talked about his anxiety issues, which have continued to consume him, both mentally and physically since being released by the UFC last year.

Adding to his stress is the fact that Parisyan supports his entire family who all live in his house, including his parents, grandparents and siblings. Having not fought since last year he said has only made his anxiety worse.

For his bouts in the past, Parisyan has cut down from and and entered the cage after rehydration as high as 190-pounds. In the interview I conducted with Karo last month at the MMA Expo in Toronto, the 28-year-old seemed skinnier to me than usual. He explained on the show yesterday that he weighed in at 174 right before his Impact FC bout last weekend and attributed the weight loss to his anxiety.

"The reason I lost so much weight was because of a lot stress. Some people gain weight; I lose it. I don’t have the appetite to eat stuff and it really kicked my butt, man. I’ve been through a lot in the past couple years but I’ve got everything under control. I’m putting my size back on and I’m lifting weights agaon. I should be able to get back up to around 190 and I’ll stay at 170 unless I feel I’m not big enough.I’m my own doctor. I’ll know myself if I need to move down to 155, but I’m strong for my weight and I can do a lot of damage to anybody at 170. I’ve fought all my life at 170 and I’ve beaten a lot of tough guys."

As much as he’s done at 170, I’m intrigued by Karo at 155. He’s defeated and held his own against some tough welterweights in his career, but if he can get his head straight, I think he could dominate as a lightweight. Considering Karo’s recent track record, that’s a pretty big "if."

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Mofo- July 15, 2010 at 4:02 am
Hey fuck you Karo for being all anxious and shit! Awww hell, now that you can't get your head on straight, I can't enjoy my fuckin cereal in the mornin!

You dudes are like a pack of hyenas.

BenTheMan- July 15, 2010 at 2:20 am
It comes down to what Karo has said before. He's just too effin talented to be successful. Not to mention too good looking, too intelligent, too tall, too strong, too have I mentioned talented?

It's a tragedy. Too bad its too tragic to make a movie, otherwise that movie wouldve been the most successful movie of all time.
ghostboner- July 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm
Comment above = high Larry us.
blood red rock- July 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm
Karo- "I'm my own doctor."

So you wrote those prescriptions for pain killers yourself?
Seoul Brother- July 14, 2010 at 7:44 pm
Wow, so I guess we should give him another a second a third chance - fuck it 6 free pallbearers just because he's apparently picking up the tab for his live-in family? Jesus tittyfucking Christ, Karo Syrup should tell his folks to go back to their old job of swallowing heroin stuffed balloons for airfare, and he should pimp out his skank ass sister and anybody else suckling off his hairy teats for money.

Fuck this hairy ape. If he can make it through the rest of the year not coming off as a whiny little cunt too stupid to cut with the veins in a hot bath, then maybe I'll bake him a cake full of shit and sympathy.
FrappleNuts- July 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm
I'm really getting tired of seeing this guy in the headlines of articles. Every time it's something disappointing or another issue/excuse of why he can't fight.
El Famous Burrito- July 14, 2010 at 2:11 pm
Seriously, how can that many people not have one fucking job between them?

Lazy fucks.
Nut Puncher 9000- July 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Change the fucking locks to the commune Karo.
El Famous Burrito- July 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm
I have no problem fighting anyone, anytime....except for this particular person, at this particular time.

RearNakedPoke- July 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm
@EL disappointed in how he fell off, i use to like him. then he made excusses out the ass and was always complaining...i hope he gets his life back on track but he shouldnt have "ducked" this fight. nobody is going to hire him...well butterbean might
nicey- July 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm
i give you baby
Sakuraba3900- July 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Karo would be great at 155... he needs to take a smaller fight at that weight so he can get used to the cut then head down there for good, hes always looked soft at 70s
El Guapo- July 14, 2010 at 12:39 pm
"Dude, brrro, dude. I got your IF right here, brrro. (Grabs crotchety)" -The Heat

Karo was one of my favorite fighters. I would say "is", but he hasn't exactly been very active lately, ya dig? Anyhow, good luck to the judokan. It would be cool as hell if he got back on track.