Canadian welterweight Ryan Ford stopped UFC veteran Karo Parisyan on a third-round cut in the MMA Live 1 headliner on Thursday at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, Canada. A knee strike resulted in the damage, which forced the doctor to intervene 1:26 into round three.
Parisyan (19-7, 1 NC) -- whose most recent appearance came in a technical knockout loss to Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in November -- had not lost back-to-back fights in more than a decade.
The bout appeared to be leaning towards Parisyan in rounds one and two, as he scored with takedowns and throws. A judo black belt, the 28-year-old Gokor Chivichyan protégé largely neutralized Ford’s strength and athleticism. The knee strike, however, turned the tide in the Canadian’s favor, as it split open Parisyan and forced the stoppage.A former WEC welterweight champion, Parisyan has seen his career undercut by painkiller abuse and a well-documented anxiety disorder. The 29-year-old Ford (15-3) has won three in a row and seven of his past eight bouts.