Karo “The Heat” Parisyan will next strap on the gloves against Brazilian Luis Dutra Jr. at Impact Fighting Championships in Australia on July 10. The former UFC welterweight standout was unable to reach an agreement with Strikeforce this week so instead opted to join fellow UFC outcasts Paul Daley and Josh Barnett on the upstart promotions inaugural Aussie card.
“I [haven’t] fought for a year-and-a-half, (so) it’s exciting…time to get on top again,” Parisyan told MMAJunkie.com.
Parisyan (18-5-0) last saw action at UFC 94 in January 2009, defeating Dong Hyun Kim by split decision. The result was later changed to a no-contest when a post-fight drug test revealed the presence of prescription painkillers. He was later released from the world’s premiere MMA organisation after pulling out of his scheduled UFC 106 bout with Dustin Hazelett in November 2009.