UFC 71 welterweight: Josh Burkman vs. Karo Parisyan
This should be another excellent fight. Both fighters come out swinging wildly. Parisyan catches a Burkman kick and and punches Burkman and then takes him down. Back on their feet, Parisyan catches Burkman with a couple of more nice punches. The two continue to exchange strikes standing up. Parisyan goes for a kick, which is caught by Burkman. Burkman takes Parisyan to the ground but the two are back standing soon. The action is fast and furious and Parisyan gets another takedown on Burkman. Not much happens on the ground and the two are up on their feet again. The two grapple near the fence as the round ends. This is what the fans wanted to see and they show their approval for the pace of the bout as the round ends. I give Parisyan the first round.
In the second round, Parisyan catches Burkman with a couple of punches. The two circle the middle of the Octagon and are soon exchanging strikes again. The crowd reacts with every blow landed. Both fighters land solid punches to their opponents’ head. Parisyan lands a knee and a punch near the fence. Parisyan is dictating the tempo of the bout and landing more often than Burkman as the second round ends. Burkman appears to have a solid chin as he absorbs a number of punches to the face. Burkman’s pace has slowed considerably from the first round. I give Parisyan the second round as well.
Parisyan raises his arms to start the third round, appearing confident. Burkman forces the action to begin the round, throwing some punches and going for a couple of wild ones, which he doesn’t land. The two fighters grapple near the fence before Burkman lifts Parisyan and slams him to canvas. Burkman is on top, in Parisyan’s guard. The two get back up to their feet before ending up on the ground momentarily. They end up clinching on their feet again and separate in the middle of the octagon. The pace has slowed down but the action is still riveting. I give Burkman the third round.
The two fighters hug as the fight ends and the fans applaud what was a very entertaining fight.
I score the fight 29-28 for Parisyan, who has made a habit of winning by decision.
Parisyan asks for a title shot in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
Winner: Parisyan wins by unanimous judges’ decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Referee: Herb Dean