Karo Parisyan has withdrawn from his UFC 106 welterweight matchup with Dustin Hazelett just two days before Saturday’s pay-per-view event in Las Vegas and will “not be fighting again in the UFC,” UFC President Dana White announced today on Twitter.
“Karo Parisyan has f***** over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again. He will not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC,” wrote White. “Pulled out of the fight the day before weigh-ins again with a laundry list of excuses. Let the press ask Karo why. Let him explain.“
Parisyan (18-5), a longtime contender at 170-pounds, was to return to the UFC after serving a nine-month suspension for testing positive for banned painkillers after a January win over Dong Hyun Kim that has since been changed to a no contest. Prior to suffering a second-round knockout to Thiago Alves last April, “The Heat” had won three-straight and eight of his last nine, with his only career losses coming to notables Sean Sherk (twice), Georges St-Pierre, Diego Sanchez, and Alves.
Hazelett (12-4) is coming off back-to-back submission victories over Josh Burkman and Tamdan McCrory, which improved his UFC record to 5-2, but hasn’t fought in over a year after an injury sidelined him from a scheduled March return.
Due to Parisyan’s last-minute withdrawal, Hazelett will not be in action at Saturday’s event and will instead be scheduled to fight on another upcoming card, though the UFC will still pay him his full salary and win bonus.
“Dustin will be paid his full purse to show and win. It’s not his fault,” wrote White.
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