November 4, 2009 By admin
Karo “The Heat” Parisyan was born August 28, 1982 in Yerevan, Armenia is an Armenian-American mixed martial arts fighter. His fighting style is primarily Judo but has been modified to fight without the use of a Judogi.
His current professional MMA record is 18-5-0 with 9 of his wins coming by way of submission. Karo is currently fighting out of North Hollywood, California, and he is ranked as the 5th best welterweight fighter in the world by MMAweekly.com.
Karo’s family migrated to America when Karo was six years old. Karo can remember his early life in Armenia before settling in California, where he has lived for the past fourteen years.
At age nine, Parisyan commenced judo lessons with fellow Armenian Gokor Chivichyan. “I was a rough kid. I used to beat up on my sisters. My father said ‘your sisters don’t have your strength. I’ll take you somewhere where you can take your anger out on other people.’ So that was pretty much how I got into martial arts,” says Parisyan.
Hayastan Grappling System
For more than thirteen years, Parisyan developed under the Hayastan Grappling System, a style blended by Gokor Chivichyan and “Judo” Gene LeBell, which includes adapted elements of Judo, Sambo, catch wrestling, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, and Muay Thai. Karo continued to train at the Hayastan Academy under Gokor and Gene until late 2005.
Karo is considered by many to be the first UFC fighter to have successfully adapted his judo style to the Octagon. He has six Junior National belts to his credit, and competed in Olympic Judo trials for the 2004 games in Athens.
UFC / MMA
Parisyan made his UFC debut on September 23, 2003, beating Dave Strasser with a Kimura lock. His current UFC record is 7-2. Since his arrival in the UFC, Parisyan has remained at or near the top of the UFC’s welterweight division, with his only losses being close decisions to Georges St. Pierre and Diego Sanchez. Parisyan’s latest fight was on May 26, 2007 at UFC 71 on PPV against Josh Burkman, where Parisyan won by a unanimous decision.