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If you’ve been slightly worried about Karo Parisyan’s chances this Saturday considering all his head   issues, this interview with MMA Mania is not going to be very encouraging:

Adam Wagner ( Good. I was going to ask you about that. I had read that you’ve been prescribed medication for it, but you are trying to deal with (the panic attacks) without taking the medication. Is that correct?

Karo Parisyan: Yes sir. I got prescribed medication a long time ago. They gave me Xanax. I had heard of Xanax, but I didn’t know what it was exactly. People used to do it just to feel high about it. They gave me Xanax, and I swear to God, never have I ever took Xanax when I was having a panic attack.

First of all, this is the funniest thing right now. To myself, I was thinking if anybody else asks me that question how (am) I going to answer, because somebody else gave me that question on the UFC page. I did an interview, and they asked me, “You didn’t take the pills?” And (I was thinking about) what I was going to say a second time. And the deal is, right now you called me and you’ve given me the same question.

Why I didn’t take them – because I wasn’t having a panic attack, (but) I was so crazy about what was going on with me, what I’m gonna do, etc., etc. I was like, well, I have medication for that, but I’m scared. I don’t want to take that fucking medication right now, just because it might make it worse for some reason. I was just trying to deal with the panic attacks, so I never took medication.

And if it happens, God forbid, please God forbid, then I’ll probably pop a Xanax, and it’ll probably put me to sleep or something. I don’t know what it does.

Adam Wagner ( (Laughs) I don’t know either. But it’s very good to hear you’re seeing progress on that front.

Karo Parisyan: I’ll just tell ya this. In the past – after the Yoshida fight and all that stuff, and I didn’t get the chance to fight – I (hadn’t) had a panic attack even before that. I haven’t had a panic attack for about five or six months. So I’m praying to God.

But I know what triggers it, though. When I leave town and (am) in hotel rooms, I’m by myself. I start feeling weird. But I’ve been to Vegas, I’ve been out. Within that six months, I had meetings with Dana White, Lorenzo (Fertitta), I was out on the town. But I never got a panic attack, so I’m praying to God I will not get a panic attack before the fight.

Karo also makes it sound like his training with Greg Jackson’s camp wasn’t much more than a few days with the gang while they were in town for Donald Cerrone’s WEC fight last weekend. Here’s hoping Parisyan has his shit together for this fight … I miss writing blogs about what a badass he is.