Neil Melanson: Karo Parisyan most talented person I ever met

source: sherdogradio

As the grappling coach at Xtreme Couture, Neil Melanson has an inside view on some of the best fighters in MMA.

He recently joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show and was asked for his take on several fighters he’s trained with.

On Chael Sonnen:
“In his personal life, he’s a real gentleman and he’s a real polite guy. He’s real likeable. I think in his hometown he’s like a hero. Real friendly. Easy to get along with. If you can get his attention, he’s a great student. Picks up what you say. He’ll do exactly what you tell him, but I think Chael likes to stay busy. He’s one of those guys that while he’s talking to you, he’s texting somebody else and he’s driving. He’s one of those guys that has that he’s-always-doing-something kind of mind. His mind is constantly going a million miles a minute.

“Sometimes things are kind of interesting when you’re in his training camp. One day we’re going to his sister’s to move a piano and then we’re going to rush back and train and then we’re going to go to this amateur fight show and we’re actually going to train in the cage before the fight because he has to make an appearance right after. It’s like, what the hell? Are you serious? It’s crazy. But that’s the life he likes to live. That’s what makes him happy.”

On Karo Parisyan:
“Karo is the most talented person I’ve ever met in my entire life. What he could do without training at all was amazing. If people saw the kind of life that he lived and then watched his performances, you’d be like, ‘Are you serious?’ Here’s a guy that probably only ate cake the week of the fight, and after weigh-ins he’d have a few cigarettes. That’s the type of guy Karo was. He’s one of those guys that was fighting grown men when he was 14 years old down in Mexico ... and he was beating their ass. Anyone that was around him when he was 9 years old or 10 years old knew that this kid was going to be on a different level. He just had it.

“One thing I learned about talented people is most of the time they have a terrible work ethic. Guys like him, it was hard to drag him into the gym. He didn’t really want to do it. He just wanted to show up and fight. He would never remember to bring his cup or mouthpiece. He just didn’t care. I remember when we used to spar, he’d just strip down to his boxers and spar like that. He was a character. He was a lot of fun. He has a real strong personality, but yeah, he was unbelievably talented. He could just do things that he couldn’t explain. He just had that gift.”

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jimmyok site profile image  

11/2/12 10:04 PM by jimmyok

Is Karo affliated with any gym now?

jimmyok site profile image  

11/2/12 10:02 PM by jimmyok

Yeah, just look at his fight with Serra. Even though it went to decision, it was a good fight between two tough guys.

cheesesteak site profile image  

10/11/12 11:17 AM by cheesesteak

I freakin love karo's old UFC fights. I hardly ever revisit fights i've already seen.. B ut I will watch an old Karo fight on a lazy sunday afternoon.

fightharder site profile image  

10/11/12 6:23 AM by fightharder

Its the combination that was impressive. His grappling and throws where out of this world. But his stand up was suprisingly decent and his wrestling (defensive and offensive) was at a rather good level as well. It was not around that much at that time and still really good grapplers often have rather atrocious striking.   It was really a waste of talent. I do hope Karo is able to make a comeback though. He is still young enough to get back into the UFC.

yomamafool site profile image  

10/10/12 9:39 AM by yomamafool

chael is always busy because of either his ADD (seems busy because he is easily distracted from one thing to another), or his ADD meds (which would make him super focused and energized, making it easier to multitask)

Ramon Maroni site profile image  

10/10/12 9:23 AM by Ramon Maroni

Its sadbecause if Karo had dedicated himself we mighta been talking about him being the GOAT

NotImpressedByYourScreenName site profile image  

10/10/12 8:51 AM by NotImpressedByYourScreenName

I've heard Goldie say that enuf times to know its "when talent REFUSES to work hard"Goldie loves that shit

NotImpressedByYourScreenName site profile image  

10/10/12 8:50 AM by NotImpressedByYourScreenName

And you'd know being the expert that you are with years of first hand observation of his skillsSMH

Smith1234 site profile image  

10/10/12 8:34 AM by Smith1234

Even in an era of potentially less depth, that was a dubious title shot. When he missed it, nobody was sayibg he deserved another shot. Hughes was a stone cold mortal lock in that fight.

Gokudamus stole my name site profile image  

10/10/12 8:29 AM by Gokudamus stole my name

Hard work beats talent when talent doesnt work hard