Saturday, August 6, 2011

Karo Parisyan returns at UFC 123 to fight Dennis Hallman

I have to admit, I didn't see this coming at all. According to Ariel Helwani of, troubled welterweight fighter, Karo Parisyan is back in the UFC and will face off against Dennis Hallman on November 20, in Auburn Hills, Michicgan. Karo Parisyan (19-5) was released from the UFC this November over a weigh-in day meltdown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Parisyan was supposed to fight Dustin Hazelett, but was forced off the card at the last minute, due to a squabble with the NSAC over a fine he owed for a suspension. Parisyan was suspended after his UFC 94 decision victory over Dong Hyun-Kim, after testing positive for using banned pain killers. 

Parisyan's win was later overturned by the Nevada State Athletic commission and he was fined over $30,000. Parisyan was not forced to pay the fine at that moment and had reached a deal with the NSAC, where he could pay the penalty throughout the course of time. At this point your guess is as good as anyone's as to what exactly happened, what we do know is the deal with the NSAC fell apart. Parisyan walked out on the event and took himself off the card and was released the same day by the UFC. UFC president, Dana White posted on his Twitter that Parisyan had screwed the UFC fans for the last time and quickly removed him from the roster. Since then Parisyan has attempted to sign with StrikeForce, but that deal never worked out. Parisyan did manage to pick up a victory at Impact FC 1 over Ben Mortimer by rear naked choke in July and will now return with a second chance at fixing his career.

Dennis Hallman is also on his second tour with the UFC and is coming off of a win over Ben Saunders at UFC 117 by unanimous decision. Hallman has fought a who's who of MMA fighters throughout his 58 fight career. Hughes owes two wins over Matt Hughes and has faced off against Frank Trigg, Jens Pulver and several other notable veterans. UFC 123 "Rampage vs Machida" will take place on November 20, at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan.


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