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*UPDATED* Strikeforce to Karo: ‘No Contract for You’


(Coker couldn’t take "The Heat")

According to MMAJunkie, Strikeforce has decided to pass on acquiring exiled UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan‘s services. 

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker took the high road in explaining the two sides’ inability to come to terms on a deal.

"We had a cup of coffee," Coker said. "It didn’t work out. "He’s a great kid. We wish him luck."

The impetus behind Coker’s decision was likely a combination of Karo’s unreliability due to his alleged prescription drug addiction and anxiety disorder as well as his more than $40,000 per fight asking price.

He could always fight for the Disgraced Former UFC Fighter Impact Fighting Championships.

*UPDATE*
Someone from Impact Fighting Championships must be a CP reader. MMAJunkie is reporting that Parisyan has signed with IFC and will face Luis Dutra Jr. at the promotion’s July 10 show in Brisbane, Australia.


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Mr_Misanthropy- May 14, 2010 at 3:23 am
@ Ratel Spicoli

Are you the artist formerly known as Ratel?

I'm pretty easy to fool but we don't take kindly to impostors around these parts unless they are clever and amusing trolls.
iDestroy- May 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm
How sad. I like Karo.

Watch out Strikeforce. IFC is comin for ya.
Ratel- May 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm
Watch for Karo to look to Hollywood, where he can cash in on the fame he once had for being a fighter in the UFC.

Or, watch for him to sucking dick under a freeway overpass to feed his drug habit. Brrro.
Get Off Me- May 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Looks like someone took my advice.
El Guapo- May 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Hell yes! The Heat vs The Hippo and Semtex vs a Wallaby
LockDown- May 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Louis... lol
It's Luís... LUÍS Dutra Jr aka Besouro (beetle).

The guy is no joke, I hope he kicks that drug addicted ass of Karo.
jimbonics- May 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm
LMAO @ the update.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm
I think Strikeforce is going broke. They used to throw $90k around like a homeless crackhead who found a winning powerball ticket under a freeway overpass.
X- May 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm
@ anderson wander.........brilliant ethnicity reference.....Glendale mall.....LMFAO
RearNakedPoke- May 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm
Karo's kung-fu "judo" is no good here.
Harry Sack- May 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm
No no, lets get this straight... Karo HAD alot of talent. the game has evolved and he has not. He is no longer talented. He is, however, an addict. A head case. A chronic no-show. An egomaniac. He will not ever put together a win streak in an elite level organization - regardless of whether or not he is addicted to painkillers.
Cock_Chestnar- May 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Ouch, that's like getting turned down by the ugliest girl in the class when all you wanna do is get laid.
El Guapo- May 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Mr Mike Russell, sir. Please post the Mayorga press conference, please. Sir. It's friggin comedy. You shant be disappointed, Mister.

Thanks Officer.
macreadysshack- May 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Maybe Karo, Warmachine, Filho and possibly even the elder Diaz should start a company where any one of them is billed to fight in a superfight and whichever one's head is least up it's own ass will show up that night.

At least somebody would get paid and at least we'd get to see one of those talented (using loosely with Warmachine) guys fight once in awhile.
C-Bus Allstar- May 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm
45 to show and 45 more to win? ROFL........

No wonder their negotiations only took "a cup of coffee" to turn sour.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- May 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm
he needs to fight in the americana* on the weekends

*mall in glendale california
El Guapo- May 13, 2010 at 11:59 am
"Dude, brrro, dude.. Forrrty K, brrro."
macreadysshack- May 13, 2010 at 11:59 am
What Get Off Me said +1

It seems like Karo's ego is too big to deal with the evident fact that he's going to have to accept less money and prove that he's an asset to an organization rather than a liability.

Nobody's going to pay him his market worth (only considering his abilities) and no large organization is going to put him high up on the main card as a major draw until they are satisfied that he's actually going to show up to fight.

I think Karo is a narcissistic douche. Pathologically so. Great Judo for MMA - sure . . . worthless until he's reliable.
justscrappin- May 13, 2010 at 11:56 am
He might want to change his nickname...cuz things aren't going so hot for him negotiating a contract! Alright I'm done.
PortlandMMA- May 13, 2010 at 11:55 am
This just in the Cincinnati Bengals just added Karo Parisyan and Paulo Filho to their roster.
Mike Russell- May 13, 2010 at 11:53 am
@Ramses. I've heard that Karo's asking price $45-50,000 to show plus an extra $45-50,000 win bonus.  Considering his recent run, they may not have even had to pay his "show" money.
Viva Hate- May 13, 2010 at 11:49 am
@Patrick,
Lets face it even before this news, we all pretty much accepted the idea that Karo would pretty much never fight again. His list of issues and off the wall behavior is up there with War Machine. It stinks, he has a ton of talent, been in some great fights, but he has mental issues that he will never get resolved because he doesn't accept it yet. His ego is in the way.
Patrick- May 13, 2010 at 11:38 am
Dude hasn't won since '07 and he demands 40k per fight?
So basically he'll never fight anywhere ever again?
VisitingDeadAncestors- May 13, 2010 at 11:36 am
that's not Coker, the neckerchief gives it away.
El Famous Burrito- May 13, 2010 at 11:36 am
I love how they didn't even need to have a formal meeting, just a cup of coffee.

$40,000 per fight? No thanks.

$20,000 and you pay for the coffee? See you around, Karo.
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