(Karo suddenly remembers that "Overboard" is on TNT tonight, and immediately wishes he had stayed home. Oh, that Goldie Hawn.)
When we made reference to Karo Parisyan’s physical and mental troubles as reasons why he might not be in optimal shape against Dong Hyun Kim on Saturday, we were partly speculationg and partly joking. But you know who doesn’t joke around? The UFC. And just in case Parisyan burns them again with another late withdrawal in the hours before fight time, they now have a back-up plan.
MMA Mania says the UFC has 7-2 Rick Story (just think of the nickname possibilities, such as "Bedtime" or "Cinderella") waiting in the wings to step in as a replacement for Parisyan if needed. It would be Story’s first UFC appearance, though he does have a couple of quality wins against guys like Brandon Melendez and Jake Ellenberger under his belt, so he’s no chump.
But if Parisyan really does pull out on extremely short notice again, you’d have to think that would spell the end of his UFC career. The fact that the UFC is worried enough about it to have a replacement on hand is already a sign of their complete lack of faith in him.
On the flip side, it also means that expectations are so low all he really has to do to exceed them is step in the Octagon on Satuday night without freaking out. This is one of those few times in life where just showing up is enough, much like your wedding day. And the creeping sense of dread and regret that follows? You can just push that way down in your subconscious for years until it finally boils to the surface. So come on, Karo. Keep it together.