From the rough neighborhoods of Armenia to some of the ghetto streets of California, Karo "The Heat" Parisyan never had a peaceful life growing up. He describes his youth in Armenia as a "mob related mentality, real machismo style.” Well maybe that’s what got him to where he is today. The Judo specialist has won 6 Junior National belts and was able to compete in the Olympic Judo trials for the 2004 games in Athens, Greece. He is one of the few fighters who has been able to integrate his Judo skills within the octagon and become a successful mixed martial artist.
Karo Parisyan is set to face one of the biggest tests in his MMA career. He is scheduled to take on Thiago Alves at UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night 13 on April 2nd. A win over Alves could
only mean a step closer to that welterweight title. It won’t be an
easy task for The Heat, but he’s always ready to take on whoever and
whenever he’s given an opponent.
Here’s a snip from Karo Parisyan:
“Thiago is a great fighter, great stand up but compared to my style he
is one dimensional. My punches will cut the distance and if I have to
I’ll stand up with him…I always have to prove to the people that I am worthy but the ball
doesn’t always bounce the way you want it to. God willing I will get a
shot after this or fight one more person then get my shot…All said and done, I want to be remembered as the only guy who
started Judo in MMA, faced the top five guys in the world…and became a
(props to ufc.com)