The more I read about Karo, the more I like him. Sure, his fight at UFC 78 was a pretty gradual snoozer, but it turns out that Karo WENT INTO THE FIGHT WITH A FUCKING BROKEN HAND:
One factor that almost no one knew going into the fight with Chonan is that Karo had a broken hand, something that may keep him out of action for a while waiting for the injury to heal.
“My right hand is broken,” Parisyan stated. “I fought with a broken hand, on top of my wrist, on top of my hand, right above my knuckles, and I fought with that.”
That means he didn’t break it during the fight … he knew it was broken going into the fight and he still took it. How’s that for fucking dedication. Add that on top of the fact that his opponent was switched 3 weeks out, and you gotta give the greasy Armenian points for moxy.
Another quote that impressed me from Karo:
“I’d love to fight Jon Fitch,” Parisyan said with much enthusiasm.
Outside of a possible match-up with Fitch, the 10x UFC veteran still awaits a shot at the title and is unsure of his next move.
“We’ll see what’s in store for me,” said Parisyan. “Fitch or a title shot or what else is next?”
This isn’t a dude who’s going to sit out for 8 or 9 months until he gets his shot … he’s gonna take all fucking comers like a real champion should. In fact, while this hokey TUF-induced welterweight title freeze is on, I am officially declaring Karo Parisyan as the interim WW champion because he’s not fucking around – he just fights. He doesn’t give a shit about anything but getting in the ring and fighting.
As for not finishing fights … kicking someone’s ass for 15 minutes straight shouldn’t be something fans hold against him. Sure he needs to learn how to finish. But so long as he keeps it interesting and pushes the pace, I’ll forgive his fights going to the judges scorecards.