by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Karo Parisyan has only two defeats among seven bouts in his Ultimate Fighting Championship career those being to current UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and MMAWeekly’s #4 ranked welterweight Diego Sanchez. He wants to avenge both of those losses. Speaking about St. Pierre, “It’s definitely a fight for the future, him and Diego.”
But first, he has to get past a fighter named Drew Fickett tonight at the Mirimar Marine Air Station in San Diego, California.
“I like Drew, he’s a cool guy,” remarked Parisyan recently on MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio. “But when we get in the cage it’s got to be business. Every time I fight, I want to try to send a message to my next opponent… this is what I’m going to try do to you.”
After the loss to St. Pierre, Parisyan went on a five-fight tear defeating Shonie Carter, Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, and Nick Thompson before dropping his last bout to Sanchez. “I don’t even want to get into that last fight [loss to Diego Sanchez] because of everything that went wrong before that fight, even during that fight… Any time you lose, it’s like a wake-up call. It just motivates you.”
With the loss to Sanchez, Parisyan knows that he doesn’t only need to defeat Fickett; he needs to make a statement. “I need to beat this guy decisively. I need to finish this fight.” And he has put the time in trying to make sure that happens. Training at the Bas Rutten and Randy Couture MMA Legends Training Center in Hollywood, California, Parisyan has specifically focused on his cardio for this fight and plans to have Couture in his corner come fight time.
Fighting at Mirimar is a new situation for most of these fighters, being on base where things are a little different than the usual Metropolitan situation, but it is a new situation that isn’t lost on Parisyan. “It’s definitely exciting. I salute all of those guys and what they do for the country. They go out there and they put their lives on the line for us. The least we can do is fight for them,” said Parisyan. “I’m ready to put the heat down man.”