by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
While still waiting for a title shot that he never received after returning from an injury, Karo “The Heat” Parisyan has continued to dominate fighters in the 170lb weight class, most recently picking up a unanimous decision win over former Pride fighter, Ryo Chonan, at UFC 78.
Parisyan set the pace in the opening minutes of the bout by taking down Chonan and working a ground and pound attack that seemed to be the theme for the fight throughout.
“I shut him down pretty good right off the bat, I didn’t let him get his stand-up or his ground game going,” said Parisyan. “Right off the bat, I thought he was very easy to take down, so I kept on initiating the takedowns a lot and tried to basically ground and pound him.”
Originally, Parisyan was set to face Hector Lombard, but a few weeks out from the fight it was changed to Chonan, giving “The Heat” a shorter camp than usual.
“I had a three week camp for this fight, three weeks of real decent training at Randy Couture’s, Xtreme Couture’s in Vegas,” Parisyan stated. “For the (Josh) Burkman fight I had a 6 to 8 week camp, it’s a big difference.”
After the fight, many people seemed to criticize Karo’s performance as lackluster, despite overwhelming a very accomplished fighter.
“I won a three round dominant performance,” said Parisyan about his victory. “A decision over a guy that’s fought Carlos Newton, Sakurai, Anderson Silva, our middleweight champion. You have to realize this guy is no chump.”
Fans have come to expect exciting fights from the young Armenian, and while Parisyan knows he was victorious in a largely one sided fight, he feels the criticism is somewhat unfair.
“People don’t talk about Matt Hughes, the all American boy, laying on top of Chris Lytle, holding him down,” Parisyan said. “But Karo fights a guy that’s beaten our middleweight champion before, and I still got a couple of good throws, landed some elbows, better ground and pound and everyone is like ‘Karo is boring this fight, he should have done more.’
“Give me a freaking break. This is not one of my best performances. It is a good victory over a very tough guy.”
One factor that almost no one knew going into the fight with Chonan is that Karo had a broken hand, something that may keep him out of action for a while waiting for the injury to heal.
“My right hand is broken,” Parisyan stated. “I fought with a broken hand, on top of my wrist, on top of my hand, right above my knuckles, and I fought with that.”
For the past few months another UFC 170lb fighter, Jon Fitch, has called out Karo Parisyan’s name at almost every turn trying to get a fight made between the two top ten welterweights.
Parisyan welcomes the bout after he’s had a chance to let his hand heal and get a proper training camp for the fight.
“I’d love to fight Jon Fitch,” Parisyan said with much enthusiasm.
Outside of a possible match-up with Fitch, the 10x UFC veteran still awaits a shot at the title and is unsure of his next move.
“We’ll see what’s in store for me,” said Parisyan. “Fitch or a title shot or what else is next?”