Their camp is talking crap,” Parisyan said. “I have respect for Jon Fitch as a person. I have never seen him be cocky. He’s a very humble guy. He’s a great athlete. But everybody thinks I’ve been dodging Jon Fitch. That’s never f***ing happened at all. I have never been called on the phone, and never been offered to fight Jon Fitch.“
And while Parisyan stood firm in his denial of any knowledge of an offer to fight Fitch, he did admit to requesting an opponent other than Fitch.
“You have to understand,” Parisyan said, “that I was offered a title fight for sure, so I said, ‘You know what? I’ll get an opponent that I have a higher percentage of beating.’ I still think I can beat Jon Fitch. But still, the reality is, it’s still a tougher fight.“