Welterweights Karo Parisyan and Dustin Hazelett are set to face off at UFC 106 in November. Each fighter will have the opportunity to make a statement in front of a massive audience as the event will likely be one of the biggest in the organization’s history, as box office juggernauts Brock Lesnar and Tito Ortiz will both be fighting on the card. The former will be defending his heavyweight championship against the undefeated Shane Carwin while the latter will step into the cage with Wheel of Fortune enthusiast Mark Coleman. The event will also feature a welterweight clash between Jon Fitch and Ricardo Almeida that could put the winner in a title eliminator bout.
Parisyan will be desperate for a win here as he has seemingly suffered a setback each time he has come close to securing a title shot. Most recently Parisyan bounced back from a TKO loss to former title challenger Thiago Alves by earning a hard fought victory over fellow judoka Dong Hyun Kim. The win was short lived as the fight was later ruled a “No Contest” after Parisyan tested positive for multiple painkillers.
Hazelett has gone undefeated in five of his past six fights. Four of those victories came via submission, including an incredible armbar of Josh Burkman back in June of last year that was an obvious Submission of the Year candidate. In his most recent bout, Hazelett twisted the limbs of the always tough Tamdan McCrory to the point where the New York-native had no choice but to tap out.
Both fighters are coming back from long layoffs and will each have something to prove. The winner will become a relevant factor in the welterweight title hunt while the loser will become just another face in one of the sport’s deepest divisions. To say that there is a lot on the line in this one is a severe understatement.