UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan has apparently used up his last chance with the organization.
After Parisyan suddenly withdrew from his UFC 106 matchup with Dustin Hazelett on Thursday, UFC president Dana White took to his Twitter to vent, writing, "Karo Parisyan has f***ed over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC."
Parisyan meanwhile, told MMAWeekly.com that he could not fight because he was unable to pay a $32,000 fine stemming from a prior athletic commission drug suspension, and therefore was not issued a Nevada fighter's license.
"Everything is over bro," he told MMAWeekly.com. "I'm just going to go home. Everything is f***ed up. I've got to think about what I'm going to do for my career. I've got to think about what I want to do as far as fighting goes."
The 27-year-old Parisyan was at one time one of the most promising welterweight prospects in the world. After a strong start to his career, Parisyan (24-5) began a downward spiral 2008. First, he pulled out of a UFC 88 bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida with what he described as a back injury on the day of the weigh-ins.
Shortly thereafter, he detailed his recent history with panic attacks, which he admitted were causing a strain on his training and performances.
Parisyan came back at UFC 94. In the days leading up to the match, rumors swirled that Parisyan would back out of that match at the last minute. He did, however, go through with it, earning a victory over Dong Hyun Kim. That forward step was short-lived, however, as Parisyan tested positive for banned painkillers in the post-fight drug test, was suspended for nine months and fined $32,000. His victory was eventually changed to a no-contest.
The matchup with Hazelett was supposed to be his return, but now it appears to be his exit from the company.
Though the UFC could not replace Parisyan on short notice, White said that Hazelett would be paid his entire fight purse and win bonus.
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