Parisyan emerged as a top welterweight contender following an early-2004 loss to Georges St-Pierre, stringing together five-straight victories. However, his immediate title hopes were dashed in a 2006 loss to Diego Sanchez, but he rebounded to win three more in a row and again establish himself as a contender for the title. A knockout loss to now-top contender Thiago Alves in April again dropped him down the ladder, but he remains on the short list of potential challengers for the welterweight championship.
Undefeated in 11 professional bouts, the South Korean Kim will be eyeing his third-straight UFC victory when he clashes with Parisyan on the Janaury pay-per-view card. Kim followed up a third-round TKO of Jason Tan in is UFC debut with a split decision win over Matt Brown at UFC 88 in September.