Back when Karo sucked it up against Ryo Chonan and basically lost his place in line for a title shot, he referenced some personal problems he was having that kept him from performing like he normally does. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it now: the great thing about this sport is that everything eventually comes to light and finally we’ve got Karo telling us what was up:
Armenians are different people, culturally. I take care of my whole family, bro. I have five, six people in my family, I have a big house. Everything that I do, I work for my family.
I have more pressure than anything, most of the time. So it’s not as easy as people think it is, you know. When I said that I had a personal issue in the last fight, I was meaning that I was buying a house, I couldn’t get my training in, I would run 20 minutes a day and call it a workout, because I could not get my training going to another level.
People have to understand, going into a fight, you should never make excuses â€” if you choose to go into the cage and fight, whatever happens, it happens, you chose it and that’s the result. But when you look behind that, there is always all kinds of stuff going on in a fighter’s life.
Fighting is your reward. The hard part is training and cutting weight. With all the bull crap before the fight, by the time you step in that cage, you’re drained.
If the UFC needs another idea for a good reality show after TUF, they should just stick cameramen in the Parisyan household and film them interacting. I wonder if his grandmother refers to herself in the third person as well? “Do you know who I am? Aghburik Parisyan doesn’t clean shit up! Get over here and wash these stockings. Back in Aghburik’s day we walked uphill both ways to the wash through a Turkish genocide and didn’t say bip about it!”