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Parisyan vs. Menne, Beerbohm vs. Varner Added to March 31 ‘Worldwide MMA’ Event in Texas


(These two bouts alone beat most Strikeforce Challengers events.)

CagePotato.com has learned that a trio of bouts featuring UFC veterans has been added to Worldwide MMA’s debut card in El Paso, Texas.

Karo Parisyan (19-8-4 1 NC) versus Dave Menne (45-16-2), Lyle Beerbohm (16-2) versus Jamie Varner (18-6-1 2 NC) as well as Drew Fickett (41-16) versus Kevin Knabjian (12-6) will all take place at the March 31 event.

The inaugural UFC middleweight champion, Menne is 4-1 in his past five bouts. The 37-year-old competed in the Bellator season 7 welterweight grand prix in 2009, but had his tournament hopes dashed by Omar De La Cruz who TKO’ed the veteran in the first round of their semi-final match. He submitted Eric Davila at UWF 1 Huerta vs. War Machine in his last fight in the Lone Star state in November.

Parisyan, who has struggled as of late with three losses in a row in as many bouts had perhaps his most inspired performance in recent years and glimpses of his old self against Canadian prospect Ryan Ford last may at MMA Live 1 in London, Ontario, Canada. After controlling the opening two frames with his judo and wrestling skill, the 29-year-old Armenian got caught with a knee by “The Real Deal” and was deemed unable to continue by the commission doctor when a gash opened up on his brow line as a result. An invitation to train with Georges St-Pierre to help the UFC welterweight champion prepare for his scheduled UFC 143 bout with Nick Diaz was put on hold due to GSP’s knee injury and subsequent surgery, but the former UFC 170-pound contender says he plans on taking a raincheck for his next title defense, presumably against Carlos Condit.

After being dropped by Strikeforce following back-to-back losses to Pat Healy and Shinya Aoki, previously undefeated Beerbohm is looking to right the ship. A win over the former WEC lightweight champion would do just that for “Fancypants.”

Standing in his way of a much-needed win will be Varner, who desperately needs to beat a decent name to rebound from a 2-4 (1 NC) slide in his past seven outings. Although he did pick up a confidence boosting “W” over little known Nate Jolly in his last bout at XFC 14 Resurrection in October following a brief retirement, “The Worm” will be in for a much tougher fight against Beerbohm.

First he’ll have to make it through his match-up with Drew Fickett Friday night at XFC 16 in Tennessee, though.

“Knight Rider” also has a lot to gain by coming out of the fight with Varner unscathed as he’s set to take on an underrated submission specialist in Knabjian, who will be riding a two-fight winning streak into the bout. Fickett, who from April 2010 to June 2011 went undefeated in five fights before losing to Brian Cobb at MFC 30, is hoping to snap a three-fight losing streak with a win over the Chicago native.

We’ll have more news on the remainder of the card and the venue as we receive it.

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XENOPHON- February 8, 2012 at 10:05 am
And there is where we don't see eye-to-eye. I posit that absent a few exceptions (Sliva, Jones, Aldo) the UFC fighter is no better, no worse than most of the fighters practicing on other promotions and how have similar experience levels. .................................................................................................Where the UFC can pay slightly more than Strike Force, and Strike Force pays slight more than Bellator you still have a shift into UFC for some that the UFC wants. I give you that. .................................................................................................What I doubt most see is that most of those 300 fighters in the UFC only have their names known, because they had a fight or two that got media hype and recognition because their opponent was already known. Just because your known, doesn't make you any better.
Anhonestmoose- February 8, 2012 at 8:49 am
@Xeno
Always entertaining, but of course the UFC is full of fighters from other promotions. That's the point of having a top league. I don't think anyone would say that the NCAA basketball/football/whatever other sport champion is the best team in the world just because a lot of them go on to play in the pro leagues. By performing well in lower tiers, you earn the right to compete in the big leagues.
XENOPHON- February 8, 2012 at 6:51 am
@skeletor - Yes, they are the fighters I was talking about - they the only the ones who got discarded. Fan base is not always about the winning unless you are a cheerleader type. Let's take Karapet Parisyan for example. He started fighting in 1999. Today his record is 28 fights, 19 wins. 1 loss, and 1 NC. ............................................................................................................................................Switching gears, lets talk about what would happen inside the UFC, if Fedor, Lombard, Chandler, Alvares, Douglas Lima, Askren, Heiron, Teixeira, Warren, Curran, Sandro, Freire x2, Rosholt, Mamed Khalidov, all showed up for one night of fights with anyone in their own weight-class from the either Zuffa run promotion - say the top 3 fighters in each division. ................................................................................................I think you would see Zuffa doesn't have the best. Matter of fact, most of their best came for other promotions and walked right through the UFC talent to get to the top. Throw in the Strikeforce fighters picked up not even a year ago and the UFC has a bunch of big name flunkies sitting around.........................................................................Lets list em. Gonzaga, Broughton, Nogueira, Schaub, Cariwn, Lesnar and Slice, (forgot they are now retired!) Barry,Rothwell, Nelson, Kongo, Mitrione, Hunt, Guida, Healy, Volkman, Wiman, Guillard, Belfort, Wandy, Santiago, Herman, Dan Miller, Alessio Sakara, Antony Johnson, Cung Le, Jason Miller, Danzig Michael Johnson, Roop, Wisely, Roller, Siler, Mackens Semerzier, Diego Brandao, Jason Young, Nam Phan, Leonard Garcia, Quinton Jackson, Forrest Griffin, Franklin, Tito Ortiz, Jimmo, Bonnar, Matyushenko, Vera, Luis Cane, Brilz, Eliot Marshall, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Thiago Alves, Seth Baczynski,DaMarques Johnson, TJ Waldburger, D. Ludwug, Amir Sadollah, Matt Brown, Rich Attonito, Sean Pierson, Chris Tuchscherer, Christian Morecraft
XENOPHON- February 8, 2012 at 5:20 am
An invitation to train with Georges St-Pierre to help the UFC welterweight champion prepare for his scheduled UFC 143 bout with Nick Diaz was put on hold due to GSP’s knee injury and subsequent surgery, but the former UFC 170-pound contender says he plans on taking a raincheck for his next title defense, presumably against Carlos Condit. AND you really think Condit will get past his next opponent, I am not guessing who that might be.
NaturalBornRunner- February 8, 2012 at 5:02 am
diaz!! condit!!! rematch!!!! VENGEANCE!!!! diaz needs to spar with his triathlon running pals for practice hunt that mofo down!!!!
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- February 8, 2012 at 4:15 am
If Karo can't beat Menne he really should call it a day
cabj1905- February 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm
+1 @ Diaz/Condit rematch. Come on, CP.
BelieveInThePowerOfOne- February 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm
does anyone care that diaz and condit agreed to a rematch???? bjpenn.com confirmed this... and his website fucking blows monkey balls...
skeletor- February 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm
@xeno-Here's some of those "ranked" fighters you were talking about.
bootystar- February 7, 2012 at 6:13 pm
new to the direction is a prescence of not on tune, but ang really startin wow
Get Off Me- February 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm
Should start mentioning the CP KO theme in fighters record. Example Dave Menne 45W-16L(1 Lawn Chair KO)-2.
bootystar- February 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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