Karo "The Heat" Parisyan

Parisyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. His family migrated to America when he was six years old. Parisyan started training in Judo when he was nine years old under fellow Armenian Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell.

Karo Parisyan The "Heat"

For more than thirteen years, Parisyan developed under the Hayastan Grappling System, a style developed by Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell, which blends elements of Judo, Sambo, Catch Wrestling, Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Parisyan continued to train at the Hayastan Academy under Gokor and Gene until late 2005. In early 2012.

Parisyan has six Junior National belts to his credit and competed in the Olympic Judo trials ahead of the 2004 games in Athens. He competes as a welterweight and made his UFC debut on September 23, 2003, beating Dave Strasser by Kimura. In his next fight, Parisyan fought Georges St-Pierre and lost via unanimous decision. Karo became the first fighter to go the distance with St-Pierre. He then went on to win the WEC welterweight title, defeating Shonie Carter. He then returned to the UFC, where he won consecutive decision victories over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle and Matt Serra.

Mr. Parisyan is a 4 time International Judo champion widely credited as being the first to successfully adapt judo techniques for mixed martial arts. Karo's throws are and his ground and pound style is brutal, allowing him to be a favorite mainstay of the UFC for five years running and still going strong. Karo is currently an MMA trainer at the WFA Legends gym alongside Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Bas Rutten, and Randy Couture while continually developing and improving his game as he sits atop the crowded elite of the UFC welterweight division.


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