Ford stops Parisyan on third-round cut


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 3.

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 toward Parisyan in Rounds 1 and 2, 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.