Former UFC welterweight Karo “The Heat” Parisyan won’t be burning up the Strikeforce cage anytime soon. The Armenian fighter was unable to come to an agreement to participate in the organization’s June 16th card in Los Angeles.
“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 trains at a local gym in Glendale, California – only minutes away from the Nokia Theatre in Downtown L.A., site of the show.
Parisyan owns a 18-5 record, however hasn’t won a professional MMA fight in quite some time. His last “win” over Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94 in January of 2009 was overturned to a No Contest after his post-fight drug test revealed traces of illegal painkillers.
After Parisyan had withdrawn from his scheduled bout with Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106 in November, president Dana White decided to release the oft-injured fighter. It was the second time he abruptly pulled out of a contest, as he also withdrew from a UFC 88 bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
The controversial welterweight now finds himself searching for a home to resume his once-promising career. However, some might argue it was over once the UFC cut him and Strikeforce passed.