; born August 28, 1982) is an Armenian-American mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Welterweight division.
Parisyan has six Junior National belts to his credit and competed in the Olympic Judo trials ahead of the 2004 games in Athens.
He wrote that going to the Olympics was his dream and that mixed martial arts was only an outlet for his boredom.
During the trials, he received a call from UFC management and was invited to compete. But after the fight against Dave Strasser, his ribs needed recovery and he decided to give up on the trials.
Parisyan competes as a welterweight and made his UFC debut on September 23, 2003, beating Dave Strasser by kimura.
In his next fight, Parisyan fought Georges St-Pierre and lost via unanimous decision.
During the fight, Parisyan attempted two kimuras, however Parisyan failed to secure them as St-Pierre defended both attempts.
Parisyan became the first fighter to go the distance with St-Pierre.
He then went on to win the WEC welterweight title, defeating Shonie Carter.
He then returned to the UFC, where he won consecutive decision victories over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle and Matt Serra.