Mental health is an overlooked aspect of the fight game unless your name is Diego Sanchez, and it seems that the most crippling thing that Karo Parisyan was suffering from was not addiction to pain medication but anxiety and panic attacks. He has even went on record to state that he was never addicted to pain medication. With the burden of providing financially for several family members lying solely on his shoulders, it’s no surprise that Karo suffered from anxiety.
At only 29 years old, “The Heat” makes his self professed comeback tonight against MFC veteran Ryan Ford at MMA Live 1 in London, Ontario. Ford has been eyeing a fight with fellow Canadian Georges St. Pierre since 2008 and told mm-eh.ca he has been training hard, expecting to face the Karo Parisyan who took GSP to a decision and beat Nick Diaz.
“He’s going to be the most skilled opponent I’ve faced up to date. He’s a game opponent who’s fought everybody. You look at his record — he’s fought the who’s who of MMA and I’m looking to get in there and put on a good show.”
This fight has stories galore no matter who wins. If Karo wins, will it be the birth of “The Heat” 2.0? An impressive win against 14-3 Ford will no doubt improve his stock with the UFC. For Ford, this is a chance to record a victory over another UFC veteran and move him one step closer to realising his dream of being the best 170lb’er in the world.