Karo Parisyan RETURNS to Octagon to Fight Dennis Hallman at UFC 123

Written by Tom Ngo
September 2nd, 2010

If Ariel Helwani’s report holds true, UFC president Dana White is the most forgiving person this side of Mother Theresa.

According to MMAFighting.com, Karo Parisyan has magically maneuvered his way back inside an Octagon. The welterweight will face veteran Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 inside The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

This news comes nearly a year after the Armenian fighter caused White to unleash this vicious tweet after Parisyan abruptly pulled out of his UFC 106 contest against Dustin Hazelett just days before showtime.

“Karo Parisyan has [expletive] over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting saturday or ever again in the UFC!!,” White posted last November. “Pulled out of the fight the day before weigh ins again with a laundry list of excuses!!! Let the press ask karo why! Let him explain.”

The Karo controversy carousel certainly doesn’t stop there. Following his UFC 94 “win” over Dong Hyun Kim, the Nevada State Commission suspended Parisyan for nine months, fined him a total of $32,000, and overturned his split decision W to a No Decision after it was revealed that he had three banned pain killers in his system.

Parisyan also ran into trouble at UFC 88 back in September 2008 when he was a last-minute scratch against Yoshiyuki Yoshida because of a back injury. Shortly after, he went public regarding issues with panic attacks.

Hallman owns an extensive 42-13-2 (1 NC) record and was seen last month at UFC 117 handing Ben Saunders a unanimous decision loss.

UFC 123 takes place November 20th and will feature a light heavyweight clash between former champs Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida. The show marks the Octagon’s first appearance in Michigan since UFC 9 way back in 1996.

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