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Karo Parisyan in Talks With Strikeforce, Could Debut at June 16 Event

Former UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan is in talks with Strikeforce and could debut as early as the promotion’s June 16 event in Los Angeles should he reach a deal, MMA Fighting reports.

A former 170-pound contender, Parisyan (18-5) went 8-1 following a 2004 loss to Georges St-Pierre, losing only to Diego Sanchez while earning wins over the likes of Nick Diaz and Matt Serrra.

Following a loss to Thiago Alves in 2008, “The Heat” has been plagued with issues, testing positive for banned painkillers following a split decision win over Dong Hyun Kim last January before withdrawing from a November matchup with Dustin Hazelett the day before the fight, prompting UFC President Dana White to say he’d never fight again in the UFC.

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