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Parisyan could fight Yoshida at UFC 88

200px-karoparisyan.pngA welterweight bout between Karo Parisyan and Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88 in Atlanta on Sept. 6 is in the planning stages, according to a report by

The report states that a match between Parisyan and Yoshida is not yet signed but that signed bout agreements from both could be imminent.

Parisyan had been scheduled to face George Sotiropoulos but the bout fell through after Sotiropoulos was forced to pull out of the planned bout due to injury.

Parisyan is 18-5 overall in his MMA career and holds a lifetime record of 8-3 in the UFC. He had a three-fight winning streak snapped at UFC Fight Night 13 in April when he suffered a second round TKO to Thiago Alves.

Yoshida, who holds an impressive lifetime MMA record of 10-2 according to Sherdog’s fight finder, is currently on a nine fight win streak. He won his UFC debut at UFC 84 when he submitted Jon Koppenhaver with an anaconda choke at 0:56 of round 1. Prior to his UFC debut, Yoshida posted notable victories for the Cage Force promotion over Dan Hardy and Akira Kikuchi.

UFC 88 is scheduled to take place at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, and is slated to be headlined by a light heavyweight matchup between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans.

  • Nick says:

    I have never seen a fighter who makes it harder to root for than Karo. I love to watch him fight, he is truly a joy to watch. But what an immature @hole he is! And the UFC aren’t doing him any favors, Yoshida is a monster and is going to give Karo everything he can handle. As good as Karo is, I think this fight is a pick’em.
    On a side note, has anyone else always wondered why Karo doesn’t drop to Lightweight? He could easily get there, he is very soft. I think he would be an absolute terror at 155lbs. I never see it mentioned, just wondered if anyone else thought about it as well.

  • Ark says:

    Although brief, Jon Koppenhaver vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida is an MMA classic.

  • Mike C. says:

    I will be rooting for Yoshida in this one. As #1 said, Karo is pretty hard to root for.

  • Kelvin says:

    Karo better be on point in this fight…or it will be back to back L’s.

  • mike wolfe says:

    This will be a great fight. Karo has to come in top condition to minimize the chances of a second loss. A well-conditioned Karo is a scary fighter. He may not be the most likeable guy, but he’s a scrapper, and I always enjoy his fights.

  • Jesse says:

    I love watching Karo fight, very entertaining. Personality wise? Eh.

    My prediction: Joe Rogan will mention something about world-class Judo skills, Goldie will say it too as soon as Karo throws him, Joe will mention how he’s rolled with Karo and he has scary strength, Goldie will say it’s all over when Yoshida TKOs Karo.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    #6. LOL. You’re right, but Rogan will also talk about how Judo and MMA are different because in MMA there’s no gi.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    #6, again

    The question is whether Rogan will characterize Karo’s strength as “retard” strength, “chimpanzee strength”, or something else.

  • Rich S. says:

    #2, i’m not sure how a 50 sec. bout could be a classic..

    only one thing happened in that fight.. period.. they touched gloves, and then, the choke.. that’s it..


  • Jesse says:


    Mike, you forgot about how Goldie will say that Karo has really adapted his Judo for MMA.


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