This really sucks for Karo, in my opinion. Parisyan vs Lombard worked because it was gonna be entertaining to watch two Judo masters shoot eachother across the octagon like slingshots. Lombard didn’t stand much of a chance overall, so I didn’t have to worry about Parisyan losing and pushing a potential title shot back to 2010 or beyond.
Now though, the UFC has put him up against a very dangerous but generally unknown fighter in Ryo Chonan. Yeah, Jordan Breen might be able to walk you play by play through all his DEEP bouts, but any UFC ‘fan’ dumb enough to buy the 78 PPV (“Ohh TUF winners fighting, how compelling”) aren’t gonna know who this dude is.
For the education of the dumb people who come to this site (ted, please pay extra attention), here’s some things you should know about Ryo Chonan:
- Defeated Anderson Silva in 2004 using a Flying Scissor Heel Hook. If you think that sounds awesome, it is. I’d link to a youtube video of it, but those fuckers at Zuffa took it down.
- Actually finishes fights. Well, sorta. Since 2004 he’s had 13 fights, with 6 of them going to decisions. That’s better than a lot of other snoozers the UFC imports from Japan.
- In addition to beating Silva, Ryo has wins over Mach Sakurai, Joey Villasenor, Carlos Newton, Antonio Schembri, and Mr Choke Roan Carneiro. Villasenor stomped Ryo’s face in and smashed his orbital bone but still couldn’t finish him.
Translation: Ryo is one tough motherfucker.
So what’s so terrible about this switch up? Well, I don’t think Karo Parisyan should be challenged like this right now. I’ve already said that Karo should get first crack at the winner of Hughes/Serra. All man-love to GSP aside, that frenchy’s already gotten two title shots and Karo’s still waiting for his first. Being a ‘warrior’ and ‘accepting all challenges’ is all fine and dandy, but Karo needs an agent that keeps him from accepting dumb last second fights like this that don’t accomplish anything for his career.
If some news came out that Karo would get a title shot for beating Ryo, then I’d be all for it. But as it stands, that’s not gonna happen. So this fight is nothing but a very dangerous opportunity for Karo to once again get sent to the back of the line again.
While Chonan vs Parisyan is much more competitive than Parisyan vs Lombard, Joe Six Pack ain’t gonna give a shit if Karo beats Chonan. The flipside of that coin of course is that losing would be a pretty big blow to his popularity. That’s always the problem with bringing these foreigners in and dropping them in the deep end … you can seriously fuck up your existing star power because fans don’t realize what a tough SOB Chonan really is.