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Tidbit of the Day: Karo Parisyan Offered to Step in for Nate Marquardt

(Irony, how does it work? PicProps MMAJunkie) has learned that former UFC welterweight contender Karo “The Heat” Parisyan contacted the UFC to offer to step in for Nate Marquardt to face Rick Story on last night’s UFC Live on Versus 4 card.

According to a source close to Parisyan, the Armenian Judoka texted UFC president Dana White moments after the news broke that Marquardt was unable to compete on the card because he not met the medical testing requirements of the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission and would immediately be let go from the remainder of his Zuffa contract as a result, to let him know that he was in shape, his medicals were up to date and he could make the 170-pound welterweight limit in about in an hour or two. White, who chose instead to give Charlie Brenneman the fight, simply texted back, “:).”

Much like Marquardt, Parisyan, who was dropped by the UFC for the second time following an uninspired loss to Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in November, was released by the promotion the first time for bowing out of his main card bout with Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106 one year earlier. The fight was his first one back from a nine-month suspension he received as a result of a positive test for painkillers following his UFC 94 win over Dong Hyun Kim, which was later changed to a “no contest.’ He cited his long-running battle with anxiety for pulling out of the fight with Hazelett, but says the condition is now under control.

In his first bout since the Hallman fight, Karo lost a disappointing hard-fought battle against highly-touted Canadian Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford by TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage because of a cut that was opened by a well-timed knee by Ford. In spite of the protests of “The Heat” and his corner to let the fight (which most believe he was winning) continue, the ringside physician would not give in. He has called for a rematch, but Ford has gone on record saying that it will only happen if, “Karo gets a couple of wins first.”

According to the source we spoke to, Parisyan told White he would do whatever it takes to earn his way back to the Octagon, whether it’s winning a bunch of fights against UFC prospects or veterans or availing himself to step in on short notice if the UFC needs a fill-in. This is a good sign that Karo has turned the corner and is on his way back up his self-described, “steep climb back to the top.”

Marquardt is scheduled to appear on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to give his side of what went wrong in Pittsburgh this weekend. Rumors are swirling that the former UFC middleweight who was already within the weight requirement for his UFC welterweight debut admitted on his athlete screening form that he had used a testosterone replacement cream, but could not come up with a doctor’s explanation as to why the substance was prescribed. He was allegedly given a specified amount of time to produce the document, but failed to do so prior to the weigh-ins. We’ll all (partially) know what really happened tomorrow.

White has gone on record that Marquardt will have to be a man and admit what he did, which makes you think it was something sinister or shady, but that could be Dana’s initial anger talking again.


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ajaykumar- October 12, 2011 at 4:32 am
I like that he punctuated it with a period at the end to express that this was really all the had to say.Engineering Ebooks
jimbonics- June 28, 2011 at 7:57 am
Judo Chop!
Mir please break Brocks neck- June 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm
I'd like to see Karo fight again....
Payday- June 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm
I would be shocked if he was using test considering Nate was dropping a weight class. Testosterone will make you hold water and that ain't worth a shit for cutting weight, obviously. I'd be more inclined to believe he was using a more anabolic steroid like Winstrol - something that would help you hold onto muscle while severe dieting rather than a heavy androgenic substance like test.
Chiggs- June 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm
Im suspicion is TRT, same thing as Chael tried to say, Randy Couture, Lindland, Dan Henderson, ect. ect. all get away with getting them done. My feeling is, Nate's been doing it for awhile an never disclosed it as it was never on the up an up, as probably 90%+ of TRT therapies by pro athletes(fighters) is utter bullshit
ColinTimberlake- June 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Seriously, you're going on record as reporting "swirling rumors" about PED use in print?

*From ColinTimberlake's Twitter:

Colin Timberlake
So anybody want to irresponsibly speculate on what went down with Nate the Great?

noizy- June 27, 2011 at 1:52 pm
I like that he punctuated it with a period at the end to express that this was really all the had to say.
mahoney00- June 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm
@Machiavelli "Karo is still just corn syrup"

This--I used to work in a grocery store and that is all I can think of when I see his name.
phightklub- June 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Karo Parisyan v. Dong Hyun Kim = UFC 94. . . bro.
mDino- June 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm
Karo: Do you know who I am bro?
Dana: Yes.
Get Off Me- June 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm
Karo as a late replacement in the UFC....oh the irony.
El Guapo- June 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm
"Dude, brrro, dude. Whenever you call me, I'll be there, brro."
knucklesamitch- June 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Maybe, just maybe, DW was accepting his offering with the smiley (his way of saying, "knowing I can count on you puts a smile on my face."), but Karo didn't understand that so they had to go with Brenneman. Maybe...
Fried Taco- June 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Or sending this one _|_ (-.-) _|_
Fried Taco- June 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Yes, Rex, you are. He at least was acknowledging the offer, instead of just ignoring it or sending an angry face back. >:(
rogerw- June 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm
You are most definitely not alone thinking DW is a dick, but that's not necessarily the reason.
ReX13- June 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm
am i the only one that thinks DW is a dick for texting back with a smiley face?
Machiavelli- June 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Karo is still just corn syrup