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Karapet Parisyan (Template:Lang-hy; born August 28, 1982 in Yerevan, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic) is an Armenian American mixed martial artist. His fighting style is primarily Judo but has been modified to fight without the use of a judogi (sometimes called no-gi style).[1]

His cousin, Manvel Gamburyan, is also a MMA fighter.

Biography Edit

Parisyan's family migrated to America when he was two years old. Parisyan started training in Judo when he was nine years old under fellow Armenian Gokor Chivichyan.[2] Parisyan stated that his father began taking him to Judo lessons because he beat up on his sisters, and Judo would be an effective outlet for Parisyan to take out his anger.[2]" By age 10, Parisyan was training his Judo under both Chivichyan and "Judo" Gene LeBell. Parisyan later added Muay Thai training and managed to adapt his Judo skills to work in the absence of a judogi.[2] He claims to be the first judo fighter to successfully do so for mixed martial arts. He was recently married in August of 2009.[2]

Hayastan Grappling System Edit

For more than thirteen years, Parisyan developed under the Hayastan Grappling System, a style blended by Gokor Chivichyan and "Judo" Gene LeBell, which includes adapted elements of Judo, Sambo, Catch Wrestling, Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling.[3] Parisyan continued to train at the Hayastan Academy under Gokor and Gene until late 2005.

Judo Edit

Parisyan is considered to be the best UFC fighter to have successfully adapted his Judo style to the no-gi rules of the Octagon (that is without the additional leverage offered by an opponent's gi). He has six Junior National belts to his credit, and competed in the Olympic Judo trials ahead of the 2004 games in Athens.

MMA career Edit

Parisyan competes as a welterweight and made his UFC debut on September 23, 2003, beating Dave Strasser by kimura. He then went on to win the WEC welterweight title, defeating Shonie Carter. He was widely considered as the top contender for the UFC welterweight title before a loss to Diego Sanchez.

Parisyan lost via TKO to Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 13 in the second round. Alves showed good resistance against Parisyan's grappling offense, and finished Parisyan with a knee from the clinch, followed by strikes.

Parisyan was scheduled to fight Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88: Breakthrough, but a back injury forced him to drop out of the fight right before the weigh-ins.

After recovering from his back injury, the Armenian welterweight returned at UFC 94 on January 31 in Las Vegas against Kim Dong-hyun.[4] Parisyan defeated Kim in a controversial split decision.[5] Following the fight, Parisyan tested positive for banned painkillers hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone.[6] Parisyan has stated that he has a prescription for the medications due to a severe back / hamstring injury.[7]

Parisyan was suspended pending a full hearing in mid-March.[8] On March 17, 2009, the NSAC suspended Parisyan for nine months and ruled his decision victory a "no contest".[9]

Parisyan was scheduled to fight Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106,[10] but pulled out of the fight on November 19, the day before weigh-ins. UFC President Dana White responded to the situation on his Twitter stating that Parisyan will "not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!" White also stated that he had "a laundry list of excuses".[11] Later that day, Neil Melanson, a longtime friend and training partner of Parisyan's, divulged to MMA news site Five Ounces Of Pain that Parisyan has been battling an addiction to painkillers dating back to an injury suffered while training for a fight.[12]


MMA Record Edit

Template:Start box |- | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Record | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Date | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Result | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Opponent | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Event | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Method | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Round | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Time | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Location | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #e3e3e3"| Notes |- |18–5–0(1) |2009-01-31 |Template:NocontestNC |South Korea flag Kim Dong-hyun |UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 |No contest |3 |5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada |Original win via Split Decision; overturned after Parisyan tests positive for
banned painkillers in post-fight drug test. |- |18–5 |2008-04-02 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |Brazil flag Thiago Alves |UFC Fight Night 13 |TKO (Strikes) |2 |0:34 |United States flag Broomfield, Colorado | |- |18–4 |2007-11-17 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Japan flag Ryo Chonan |UFC 78: Validation |Decision (Unanimous) |3 |5:00 |United States flag Newark, New Jersey |- |17–4 |2007-05-26 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Josh Burkman |UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson |Decision (Unanimous) |3 |5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada |- |16–4 |2006-12-13 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Drew Fickett |UFC Fight Night 7 |Decision (Unanimous) |3 |5:00 |United States flag San Diego, California |- |15–4 |2006-08-17 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Diego Sanchez |UFC Fight Night 6 |Decision (Unanimous) |3 |5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada |- |15–3 |2006-04-15 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Nick Thompson |UFC 59: Reality Check |Submission |1 |4:44 |United States flag Anaheim, California |- |14–3 |2005-06-04 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Matt Serra |UFC 53: Heavy Hitters |Decision (Unanimous) |3 |5:00 |United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey |- |13–3 |2005-02-05 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Chris Lytle |UFC 51: Super Saturday |Decision (Unanimous) |3 |5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada |- |12–3 |2004-08-21 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Nick Diaz |UFC 49: Unfinished Business |Decision (Split) |3 |5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada |- |11–3 |2004-05-21 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Shonie Carter |WEC 10 |Decision (Unanimous) |3 |5:00 |United States flag Lemoore, California |Won WEC Welterweight Championship |- |10–3 |2004-01-31 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |Canada flag Georges St. Pierre |UFC 46: Supernatural |Decision (Unanimous) |3 |5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada |- |10–2 |2003-09-26 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Dave Strasser |UFC 44: Undisputed |Submission (kimura) |1 |3:52 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada |- |9–2 |2003-03-23 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Fernando Vasconcelos |KOTC 22 |Decision |3 |5:00 |United States flag San Jacinto, California |- |8–2 |2003-02-15 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Antonio McKee |UAGF 3 |Decision |N/A |N/A |United States flag Hollywood, California |- |7–2 |2001-03-30 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Darrell Smith |RSF 3 |Submission |1 |0:59 |United States flag Belleville, Illinois |- |6–2 |2001-01-05 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Sean Sherk |RSF 2 |TKO (Towel) |1 |16:20 |United States flag Belleville, Illinois |- |6–1 |2000-10-10 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Sean Sherk |RSF 1 |Decision |1 |18:00 |United States flag Belleville, Illinois |- |6–0 |1999-06-07 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Guido Jennings |KK 16 |Submission (Choke) |1 |6:33 |United States flag California |- |5–0 |1999-05-15 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Justin Bumphus |ESF |Submission |N/A |N/A |United States flag Corona, California |- |4–0 |1999-04-05 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Scott Davis |KK 14 |Submission (Armbar) |1 |2:16 |United States flag Los Angeles, California |- |3–0 |1999-04-05 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Jason Rittgers |KK 14 |Submission (Armbar) |1 |1:58 |United States flag Los Angeles, California |- |2–0 |1999-02-01 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Zach McKinney |KK 12 |Submission (Strikes) |1 |0:23 |United States flag Los Angeles, California |- |1–0 |1999-02-01 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Brian Warren |KK 12 |Submission) |1 |0:44 |United States flag Los Angeles, California Template:End box

References and notes Edit

  1. hall, joe. The New Face of Judo. Black Belt Magazine.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Karo "The Heat" Parisyan. Little Armenia.com. Retrieved on 2008-04-16.
  3. Hayastan Grappling Challenge - Rules. Hayastan Grappling Challenge.com.
  4. http://www.mmasurvival.com/2008/11/karo-parisyan-vs-dong-hyun-kim-ufc-94.html
  5. http://matt-hughes.com/blog1/2009/02/03/ufc-94/
  6. http://web.archive.org/20090215052229/www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=8158&zoneid=2
  7. http://www.fighttrend.com/2009/02/10/ufc-94-fighter-karo-parisyan-tests-positive-for-banned-substances/
  8. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/mma/02/18/parisyan.temporary.suspension/index.html
  9. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/parisyan-suspended-nine-months-16620
  10. PARISYAN VS HAZELETT AGREED TO FOR UFC 106 (2009-08-24). Archived from the original on 2009-08-29. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
  11. Update: Parisyan Out of UFC 106 (2009-11-19). Retrieved on 2009-11-19.
  12. Neil Melanson: 'Karo is suffering right now'. FiveOuncesOfPain.com (2009-11-20). Retrieved on 2009-11-20.

See also Edit

External links Edit

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