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Karo Parisyan vs. Josh Koscheck possible for UFC 98 (UPDATED)

A proposed welterweight bout between Karo Parisyan and Josh Koscheck that’s currently on the table for UFC 98 on May 23 in Las Vegas could be finalized in the next several weeks. learned of the potential matchup from a source close to Parisyan, who indicated that the UFC mainstay has already begun preparations for the bout.

Koscheck is scheduled to face undefeated Brazilian Paulo Thiago at UFC 95 in a featured bout that will be televised on Spike TV. If Koscheck is victorious then it would clear the way for the proposed fight against Parisyan to be officially added to the card for UFC 98.

Parisyan returned in January at UFC 94 following a nine month layoff. Facing South Korean standout Dong Hyun Kim, the native Armenian won a split decision victory to improve to 19-5 overall and 9-3 lifetime in the UFC.

UFC 95 will mark Koscheck’s first bout since a first round knockout against Yoshiyuki Yoshida during December’s “UFC Fight for the Troops” event in Fayetteville, North Carolina. With the win, the former NCAA All-American wrestler improved to 12-3 overall and 10-3 lifetime in the UFC.

In addition to the possible Parisyan vs. Koscheck matchup, UFC 98 will reportedly be headlined by Brock Lesnar defending his UFC heavyweight title against interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Other reported matchups include Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes; Sean Sherk vs. Frankie Edgar; Andre Gusmao vs. Houston Alexander; James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries; Phillipe Nover vs. Kyle Bradley; and George Roop vs. Dave Kaplan.

Update: This story was published before the NSAC had revealed that Parisyan had tested positive for pain killers following his UFC 94 bout. Parisyan could be subject to a suspension that might make him ineligible to fight Koscheck at UFC 98.

  • AlwaysRelaxing24 says:

    If that ends up happening, UFC 98 would be an absolutely stacked card.

  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    I can’t imagine the winner of this fight NOT getting a title shot after GSP/Alves.

  • Koshcheck is certainly keeping busy. That will make four fights within a span of 7 months. I may not like him but you have to respect him for taking on all comers especially fighing Alves on short notice at UFC 90.

  • ctownhood says:

    That’s a tough fight for Karo…

  • goodguy says:

    What a card. The arena will be packed with talent for UFC 98. I just hope that everyone avoids the injury bug.

    I’ve never like Kos, but as a fighter, he sure is hard to hate. He is a fighter’s fighter. Now about that hair….

  • jba4life says:

    I like Karo, he gets bashed a lot because he isn’t as cut as other fighters, but he has all the talent in the world. Anyone else have thoughts about Karo going to the tri star gym, could be exactly what he needs.

    close fight, i’ll take karo though.

  • Ft. Dub says:

    I really can’t see Karo winning this. It would take a dramatic change from TriStar, but I don’t see him having the wrestling or the motor to win this fight. Add to that Kos’ improved hands and I think you have a long night for Karo.

    With that said, if he’s really dedicated and TriStar can live up to their rep, he may be able to turn it around. I don’t really like either of these guys, but this sounds like a really good card.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Doesn’t look like this fight will be happening in the next few months. News is about to break that Karo tested positive for painkillers.

  • Dayzah says:

    Ya I just saw that also , doesnt look like this will be happening at UFC 98 .. Prolly for the best , now maybe they can set Kos up with a better opponent , Is Marcus Davis set too fight anybody yet? That would be a decent fight.

  • mu_shin says:

    Regardless of whether Parisyan faces suspension for using pain killers, the way he looked facing Kim would not lead me to believe that a match with Josh Koscheck would go well for him. Koscheck has shown to be very strong, with great endurance and improved striking technique. Match that against how Karo was somewhat sluggish in the Kim match, not really able to do a whole lot standing or on the ground, and I see him getting crushed by Koscheck. Personally, when I watched the fight I actually scored it a slim victory for Kim…

  • CubanLinx69 says:

    if this fight materializes im most definately going to buy the PPV, the main card would be crazy stacked.

  • BigDave says:

    After seeing the last karo fight im not sure he could have any shot at beating kos. He lost to kim imo but was givin the decision. and Kos has looked good since being destroyed by GSP.

  • kidneybeans says:

    Looks like I am not the only one that thought Kim won that fight, people were talking about Diaz getting robbed but no one was screaming on behalf of the “Stun Gun.”


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