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Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida Likely At UFC 88

Karo ParisyanUFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan will look to bounce back from a controversial UFC Fight Night 13 loss to Thiago Alves and re-enter the title picture when he faces Yoshiyuki Yoshida in September.

According to, Parisyan is close to signing a bout agreement to face Yoshida at UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta.

Parisyan (18-5) had won three-straight bouts in the octagon and was likely to receive a welterweight title shot with a win over Alves in April but was defeated via TKO 34-seconds into the second round. The quick stoppage was questioned by many including Parisyan himself and he will now look to get back into the title hunt again against Yoshida. He holds notable wins over Josh Burkman, Drew Fickett, Nick Thompson, Matt Serra, Chris Lytle, and Nick Diaz as well as losses to Alves, Diego Sanchez, Georges St-Pierre, and Sean Sherk.

Yoshida (10-2) made quick work on Jon Koppenhaver in his UFC debut at UFC 84 in May, submitting the “Ultimate Fighter” contestant 56-seconds into the opening round via anaconda choke. Yoshida was signed by the UFC after winning the Cage Force welterweight tournament with wins over Katsuya Inoue, Matt Cain, Akira Kikuchi, and Dan Hardy.

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