Another fight has been added to the UFC 106 card which is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin. Following a nine month suspension, Karo Parisyan will return to action for his second time this year to face Team Jorge Gurgel BJJ specialist Dustin Hazelett.
It could be said UFC veteran Karo Parisyan (18-5) is skating on thin ice. Although the Armenian American has been a staple of the Ultimate Fighting Championship since UFC 44 in 2003, he lost his lone 2008 fight via TKO to Thiago Alves, and then tested positive for painkillers following next fight in Jan. 2009 against Dong Hyun Kim, causing his split decision win to be overturned and ruled a no-contest.
Dustin Hazelett’s (12-4) last fight ended in a reverse arm bar submission victory over Tamadan McCrory at UFC 91. Prior to that, he had notable wins over Josh Burkman and Jonathan Goulet. Now 5-2 in his UFC career, a win over Parisyan would boost Hazelett’s stock considerably.
“McLovin” was supposed to fight at UFC 96 against Ben Saunders but suffered an ACL injury. If everything goes well, and Hazelett’s knee holds up for the UFC 106 event set for Nov. 21, it will be his first fight in just over a year.
Parisyan vs. Hazelett is an interesting match up of styles. Both fighters have nine submission victories on their record. Parisyan has no wins by TKO or KO, and Hazelett only has one. However, one would be hard-pressed to find an MMA fan who considered either fighter boring.
Although none of these fights have been officially announced by the organization, the UFC 106 fight card scheduled to take place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas looks like this so far: (HW Title Fight) Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin, Tito Ortiz vs. Mark Coleman, Jon Fitch vs. Ricardo Almeida and Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett.
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