Karo Parisyan Talks Panic Attacks, Career Struggles
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Former top welterweight contender Karo Parisyan still feels he has much more to prove in the world of MMA and discussed some of the things that lead to him being cut by the UFC with MMAFighting.com this week:
"I still have much more to prove, much more to give. Itâ€™s like, I got to the top. I was the number one contender. I did a lot of stuff in the sport, but nothing where I could say, yeah, I could retire today. ... One my reasons -- and youâ€™re going to say this is a stupid reason, Karo, but to me itâ€™s a big reason -- but one of the reasons I want to come back is to shut people up. To shut a lot of fricking people up."
Parisyan also opened up about issues with pain killers and panic attacks that ultimately lead to his release from the UFC:
"For the record, I was never addicted to pain meds. I abused pain medications without knowing. When it hurt me, it was too late already. I had done too much damage to myself, mentally and physically."
"Anxiety will be there. Anxiety you can control. The physical panic attack is the one that hits and brings you to your knees. And whoeverâ€™s had a panic attack, I want them to, for a second, realize that when they were having a panic attack, the worst one, when they thought they were going to die, I had to walk out in front of 20,000 people and fight. When my friends were pushing me, [saying] â€˜Get out there, Karo. Thiago Alves is waiting in the cage. Youâ€™ve got to go fight.â€™ I did that."
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