by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Karo Parisyan’s quest for the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title has been a long one. In the last two years, “The Heat” has dispatched many quality opponents including a victory over current champion Matt Serra. Only one blemish stands out in his last seven fights, a very close decision loss to Diego Sanchez.
“I’m going to get my title shot some day,” Parisyan told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s just a matter of time. Right now I’m only worried about Thiago.”
The opponent he is referring to is Thiago Alves. At UFC Fight Night 13, Parisyan will take on the tough Brazilian from American Top Team. A big win over Alves would add another credible name to his list of victories and could put Parisyan into title contention.
“He’s got very good standup; very good kicks,” commented the 25-year-old fighter. “I want to say he’s one dimensional, but he’s not; compared to me, he’s more one dimensional than I am. I got to keep my hands up and go.
“He’s going to try and stand up with me and I’m going to try and take him on the ground. If I have to stand with him, I will. I train to be comfortable in every aspect of the fight.”
Fans have clamored at the prospect of seeing a showdown between Karo Parisyan and Jon Fitch. Both fighters have been dominant in the division and it seemed like a matter of time before the two would meet. Fitch has openly asked for a fight with Parisyan, but a meeting between the two has yet to materialize.
“This is like a stupid soap opera. People challenge people every day,” said Parisyan with a sense of frustration. “I have a lot of respect for Jon Fitch as a fighter. He seems like a very humble guy. The deal is, I’ve never been offered to fight Jon Fitch. It’s absurd to think that I would ever back out of a fight, especially against a guy like Jon Fitch. Why would I do that? I would love to fight Jon Fitch.”
UFC Fight Night 13 marks the return of the promotion to Colorado for the first time since 1995. The very first UFC was held in Denver. Some fighters in the past experienced some difficulties fighting at a higher altitude. Parisyan, however, seemed unfazed.
“If you’re in shape, you’re in shape. If it’s going to be hard for me, it’s going to be hard for Thiago too. We’ll see,” responded the six-time Judo Jr. National Champion.
“Thiago has beaten so many good guys. There’s no way that someone can say that Thiago will be an easy fight. Thiago is a very, very tough opponent. If everything goes well and I beat Thiago, then I can face Fitch, rematch St. Pierre and Serra.”
The road to the welterweight crown may be a long one for Karo Parisyan, but he is determined to move one step closer to title contention with a big victory this Wednesday.