Karo Parisyan is returning to the cage this weekend at Shofight 20, which has more UFC vets than you can shake a stick at. Kendall Grove, Terry Martin, Marcus Aurelio, Drew Fickett, the list goes on and on. They even have Crazy Horse Kid Chaos on there! But you know us, we’re always interested in seeing where Karo is mentally before each of his fights. And while he doesn’t go into depths regarding his anxiety or painkiller issues in this LFPress interview, he does talk about his current standing with the UFC.

“Yes, I should be able to get the contract,” Parisyan said. “Dana felt back-stabbed by me because of the money and the contract and all that. I wasn’t trying to back-stab Dana. I love Dana White. I’ve always been good friends with Dana White and the Fertittas (Lorenzo and Frank III). These are good people.

“Saying that, of course I think I could go back and patch it up. I actually have Dana’s text, where I said, ‘I want to fight my way back, Dana.’ He said, ‘I would love that. I would love to work with you again, Karo.’ I have the text. I’m not even 30 — come on. “

Parisyan said he isn’t looking past his opponent, but feels the victory will get him that much closer to a UFC contract.

“If I get one more win after that and they refuse me, I’ll open my f—ing mouth. Trust me,” Parisyan said. “Listen, man, there’s only so much you can do. I don’t have to prove myself that much. My cards are on the table. The guys I’ve beaten and the things I’ve done — people know me.

“There are guys in the UFC that have absolutely no f—ing place to even be around the cage. I see guys fighting on f—ing FX — he’s 3-1 and he’s in the UFC fighting a main-card fight! Are you kidding me? So I cannot even come close to that?

“Me being out of shape completely, I can still bring more fight and more show than most of those guys. I don’t want to disrespect these guys. Everybody who walks in the cage, my hat’s off to them. But come on — I’m being realistic here, bro. I’m being honest. I might sit crooked, but I’ll talk straight.”

Sounds like Karo has rediscovered his swagger. Now lets see if he can fight like he did in 2006.