Karo Parisyan Withdraws From UFC 106In a development that should shock no one, former UFC welterweight title contender Karo “The Heat” Parisyan has withdrawn from his scheduled UFC 106 bout with Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett this weekend on just two days’ notice after citing a list of “nagging and lingering” injuries.

Parisyan previously withdrew from a scheduled fight with Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida in 2008 on just one day’s notice and was then suspended after testing positive for painkillers following UFC 94. UFC President Dana White has stated that Parisyan will not fight for the promotion again.

Parisyan (18-5-0, 1 ND) was once the top contender for the UFC Welterweight Championship, but a serious leg injury forced him to withdraw from his title bout and his career was never the same after that.

Looking woefully out of shape in each of his last four outings, Parisyan went 2-1-0, 1 ND over the span, with his highly controversial win over Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim overturned when Parisyan tested positive for banned painkillers after the fight.

He was subsequently fined and suspended for nine months and has not competed since the UFC 94 bout in January.


A long-time sufferer of panic attacks and other ailments, Parisyan first drew the ire of fans and UFC brass when he withdrew from a scheduled fight with Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida, a fellow judo ace, on just a single day’s notice in 2008.

However, unlike in 2008, the UFC has now had enough of Parisyan’s antics and he has reportedly been cut from the promotion after his latest failure to compete in a contracted bout.


UFC President Dana White had the following to say about Parisyan, who had been fully licensed for the fight with Hazelett:

“Karo Parisyan has [expletive] over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!”

White went on to say that Parisyan “pulled out of the fight the day before weigh-ins again with a laundry list of excuses!!! Let the press ask Karo why! Let him explain.”

Parisyan, who had previously stated on multiple occasions that he did not see Hazelett posing any threat to him, replied to White by simply stating, “Let him say what he wants.”


Parisyan was allegedly facing financial troubles stemming from the fine that he incurred earlier in the year as part of his suspension. However, he and Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer had evidently come to a compromise which Parisyan was happy with.

Despite this, Parisyan withdrew from the fight anyway and had cited nagging injuries when speaking with Kizer earlier in the week.

It marks the latest in a series of major issues in Parisyan’s career, which is all but certainly over after his latest withdrawal from a fight on just days’ notice.


In the lone positive from the story, White has stated that Hazelett will be paid both his show and win purses for the fight.

The card will go on without the Parisyan-Hazelett bout.