Former UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan won’t be heating up the Strikeforce cage anytime soon, as the Armenian fighter was unable to come to an agreement to fight on Strikeforce’s June 16 card.
“It didn’t work out. He’s a great kid. We wish him luck,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAJunkie.
Parisyan would’ve been a solid addition to “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” being that he actually trains at a local gym in Glendale, California, only minutes away from the Nokia Theatre.
It’s been a long time since he has competed in any MMA event. In fact, his last win over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94 in January of 2009 was ruled a no contest after his post-fight drug test had shown traces of painkillers.
After Parisyan withdrew from his scheduled bout with Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106 in November, UFC president Dana White decided to release the oft-injured fighter. It was the second time he had left the altar, so to speak, on short notice. He also withdrew from a UFC 88 bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida as well.
Now Parisyan finds himself looking to another deal to resume his MMA career, one that was almost over after his recent release by the UFC.