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Karo Parisyan vs. Ryan Ford in the Works for MMA Live 1 May 19 in London, Ontario

(Tattoo advantage: Ford)

A welterweight bout between UFC vet Karo “The Heat” Parisyan and Canadian prospect Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford has been submitted to the Ontario Athletic Commission for approval for MMA Live’s inaugural card May 19 at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, Canada.

According to a source we spoke to, Parisyan was originally offered a bout with Jordan “Young Guns” Mein, but the up-and-coming Alberta-based fighter is now likely headed to the UFC following his unanimous decision victory over Josh Burkman at MMA: The Reckoning in Orillia, Ontario last weekend. The win over Burkman marked Mein’s second win over a seasoned UFC veteran in the past three months. He beat Joe Riggs by TKO in January at Wreck MMA in Gatineau, Quebec.

14-3 in his four-year MMA career, Ford has only lost to two men: Pat Healy and Douglas Lima. On the cusp of making it to a big show for the past couple years, “The Real Deal” has stated on several occasions that he’ll fight any big name that will help take his career to the next level and a win over Parisyan may do just that.

For Parisyan (19-6), the fight represents a crossroads in his struggling career. A win over Ford would prove that he still has what it takes to be a relevant contender, but a loss may help support the popular theory that “The Heat” needs to think long and hard about whether or not he should continue to compete. Karo lost his last fight by TKO early in the first round against Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in November and didn’t remotely resemble the fighter who is perhaps best remembered for his wars with Nick Diaz and Diego Sanchez.

MMA Live 1
May 19, 2011
John Labatt Centre
London, Ontario

Ryan Ford (14-3) vs. Karo Parisyan (19-6)

Nick Denis (9-2) vs. Kyle Dietz (5-2)

Cory MacDonald (12-2) vs Frank Lester(6-5)

Chucky Mady (4-2) vs. TBA

Ali Mokdad (3-0) vs. TBA

Josh Powell (3-2) vs TBA

Anna Barone (1-2) vs TBA

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El Guapo- April 6, 2011 at 11:21 am
Nice, Loki. Very nice.
Speaking Armen-glish never gets old to me. "Dude, brrro, dude."
Lesnarischamp- April 6, 2011 at 10:31 am
Does Ford know who he is?
LOKI- April 6, 2011 at 10:26 am
Karo-"do you know who I am bro?"

Ref-"yes. Do you know Where you are?...your on the floor, a big tatted up black guy just knocked you out in 12 seconds."
Uppercut Magnet- April 6, 2011 at 10:10 am
Karo's fights are always such a blue balling experience, even at the best of times.

3 minutes of nothing and a single WOW! judo trip and then boring the rest of the fight.
jimbonics- April 6, 2011 at 10:04 am
Seems like ESPN would have something to say about the naming of this event?
Bootylam- April 6, 2011 at 9:54 am
Fuck Karo. Good for him that he ends up exactly where he belongs. Hardly ever happens that way.
CB_MMA- April 6, 2011 at 9:51 am
Not going to end well for Karo.

I feel bad for the guy.
Crap Factory- April 6, 2011 at 9:48 am
Bye Karo, nice knowin' ya!
Tai-Pan- April 6, 2011 at 9:41 am
Dear CP,
Fix the fucking spam already, and where the hell is the edit button?