UFC welterweight veteran Karo Parisyan has seen the highs, and more often the lows. He’s stood on the doorstep of a title shot, only to see an injury to his back take it away. In his four years with the organization, the controversial fighter has done it all, good or bad, but has never contended for a title. Parisyan has now decided to take his career in his own hands, before it is too late.
“At this point, I’m trying to change a lot of stuff in my life as far as training,” Parisyan told MMAjunkie. “I think it’s a message from God saying I’m not ready for this title shot. ‘Get your act right.’ … I think it just woke me up once and for all pretty good.”
He has been an inconsistent fighter over the past few years, having teased MMA fans into believing that he was ready to take the next step after rolling off five consecutive victories. Being one step away from a title shot, he laid an egg against Diego Sanchez and once again plummeted down the totem pole.
But he feels that he is once again ready to compete against the best and challenge for a title. He has even decided to go and train with the hottest MMA camp out there at Greg Jackson’s Submission Fighting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Parisyan confirmed that he will be taking on Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88, which is scheduled to take place September 6th in Atlanta, Georgia, and is more than ready to get his career back on track.
“Chuck (Liddell) lost two fights in a row, but he was still considered one of the best light heavyweights in the world,” Parisyan said. “Wanderlei (Silva) got knocked out twice and lost his third fight to Chuck, but he was still considered as one of the toughest 205-pounders in the world. And I still consider myself in the top five in the world.”
How long Parisyan intends to stay at Jackson’s camp to train is uncertain, because Jackson’s superstar fighter just happens to be current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Previously, teammates have made pacts that they would never fight each other, however considering Parisyan is new to the camp, all bets may be off.
No matter what, Parisyan wants to make sure that he keeps pushing himself so if the opportunity arises once again, he will be there to capitalize.
“Don’t give up on me yet,” Parisyan warned. “Just sit back and say, ‘OK, I’m going to give Karo another try and see what he can do.'”