MMA Insider caught up with Karo “The Heat” Parisyan this weekend at the opening of Renato “Babalu” Sobral’s new MMA gym in Cerritos, California.
The Armenian welterweight recently signed a new eight fight deal with the UFC and will return at UFC 94 on January 31 in Las Vegas against an unnamed opponent.
Parisyan says he’s fully healed from a back injury that forced him from a fight with Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88. Like Ken Shamrock’s “light sparring” debacle at EliteXC’s “Heat,” Parisyan claims he was rolling with a larger training partner the day before the weigh-ins and aggravated his sciatic nerve when attempting an overhead throw.
“I cried, bro,” Parisyan said. “It’s the only time I’ve cried because of an injury.”
The UFC was reportedly very disappointed in the cancellation, mostly because 30 or so Japanese journalists had shown up to cover Yoshida’s fight.
Since his loss to Thiago Alves at Ultimate Fight Night 13 and the subsequent injury, Parisyan has been less outspoken about getting a title shot. He’s got to climb the welterweight ladder again, and mend a few fences. Hopefully, he’s taken his Shamrock lesson to heart.