Karo Parisyan is the first MMA athlete who managed to implement Judo techniques successfully in his fighting style. The Armenian-born American succeeded toachieve his dream in 2004 when he qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in Judo, but he got a contract proposal from the UFC at the same time, which he chose instead. During the seven years that he competed for the organization (1 bout at WEC), he accomplished wins over fighters such as Shonie Carter, Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, Nick Thompson, Drew Fickett, Josh Burkman, and Ryo Chonan.
He was considered one of the foremost talents in his weight class but knee and back injuries put an end to the advancements of his career. Karo has fought two bouts per year during the past two years, which is a great achievement when you consider the rehabilitation of his injuries. But now he is ones again focused on his career and tired of all the negative rumours that have circled around him. The 29 year old is known for his Judo throws and aggressive fighting style. He is also very open with expressing his thoughts about people that he does not like. The WEC champion, Olympic Judoka, and UFC veteran “The Heat” is hungry to win and will not let anyone stand in his way. He wants to silenceeveryone who has doubted him.
On October 6, he will be standing face to face against David Bielkheden at Malmö arena in Sweden, as the Co Main Event of the evening. David will encounter his career’s perhaps most important bout. A win over such a big name as Karo will give him a huge push in the right direction. The Brazilian Top Team / Hilti fighter will have his trainer and coach Murilo Bustamante in his corner.
Babak Aghavali, CEO Superior Group International:
– I’m very glad to announce this bout at Superior Challenge, here in Sweden. David is incredibly charged and prepared for this fight, and I’ve never seen him so focused before. Karo is a fantastic athlete, a tough guy and a very experienced fighter who will do everything in his power to win. This is one of Superior Challenge’s greatest match-ups and I can not wait until the fight night.
Superior Entertainment is a Swedish Stockholm based company within Superior Group International along with Superior Wear, Superior Management and Superior Gear. Superior Challenge is Europe’s most qualitative MMA promotion with the aim to produce high quality and adrenaline-full sports entertainment for MMA fans. The organization has many years of experience in the MMA market, with a broad knowledge of the industry, and is internationally recognized as one of the world’s top MMA organizations. Superior Challenge is one of five MMA promotions in the world with top twenty ranked fighters. The first event in 2008 broke record attendance of all MMAevents in the Nordic countries and the sixth event broke ones again the record attendance with about 7000 visitors. A total of 7 events have been producedsince the start. The last two at Hovet Stockholm Globe Arenas, are estimated to each have had a PR value equivalent to 19 million SEK gross, only in Sweden. In addition to nationwide TV broadcast at home in Sweden, the TV production of the last event is estimated to have reached out to more than 100 million TV viewers around the world, through broadcast all over North and Central America, throughout Asia and parts of Australia.