In November of 2009 Karo Parisyan suddenly pulled out of a fight at UFC 106 with Dustin Hazelett just one day before the weigh-ins were scheduled to take place.
It was the latest in a series of indiscretions by the Armenian, who had only just finished serving a suspension for using painkillers, and it appeared to be the last straw for UFC president Dana white.
“He will not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!” an angry White posted on Twitter that day.
10 month’s later however it appears that White has had a change of heart and has now offered the troubled fighter an olive branch, much to the relief of Parisyan.
“What Dana said was in the heat of the moment. He felt we were friends and that I’d backstabbed him. Thank God he changed his mind,” Parisyan tells Sherdog.com.
Despite the bust-up between the two men it seems that Dana still offered him words of encouragement in the following months.
“He told me to get a fight under my belt,” Parisyan reveals. “He told me to get my life back on track and that’s what I did.”
According to Parisyan it’s his anxiety issues, not his previous painkiller problems that has been his main obstacle to overcome.
“I spoke to a psychologist and he pointed out that I’ve been fighting since I was 14 years old, and that I had this balloon filling in my stomach with all my fight anxiety over the years. That’s what I’ve been addressing and working on.”
Despite attempting to solve the problem ‘The Heat’s’ issues were still evident in July when he recorded a win at Impact FC 1 in his first fight after leaving the UFC.
On that occasion he worked himself into such a state that he ended up begging the promoter to move his fight from the co-main event slot to the first fight of the evening just so he could get it over with.
For that reason it’s somewhat surprising to see that the UFC have now decided to welcome him back into the fold, but as far as Parisyan is concerned it was the right choice.
“I think the UFC knows I still have something I can accomplish in the cage,” said Parisyan. “They know that I can become a contender again and I will.”