The latter was but 15 years old, facing an opponent some eight years his senior.
"That day, I didn't know I was gonna fight," Chivitchian recalls. "I went with [Gamburyan and Parisyan] to support them and encourage them."
But when a fighter failed to show up, Chivitchian was asked if he was up for a fight. And Chivitchian was forced to ask his father if he would let him fight.
"I had to convince him and have him sign a waiver," Chivitchian says.
Stories such as this colored the dark days of MMA and a humble and unexpected beginning marked the start of Chivitchian's career.
It was a start that lasted a mere 98 seconds, as the teenager emerged victorious with an armbar victory over Timothy Morris. Nevertheless, Chivitchian would not fight another MMA fight for nearly a decade.
Currently possessing an unblemished 5-0 record, the start of Chivitchian's career came on that spring day.
But it was in January of 2009 that his career was reborn and its has been within the living rooms of millions of "The Ultimate Fighter" viewers that the Glendale fighter has brought himself to the cusp of stardom in the UFC.
"The experience on the show I would say is the best that that's ever happened to me," said Chivitchian, who will face fellow "TUF" cast member Kyle Watson in a three-round, lightweight bout on the preliminary portion of tonight's "The Ultimate Fighter" finale, which takes place at The Palms in Las Vegas. "No. 1, it helped get my career to the next level and, No. 2, it changed me as a person. … It helped me have more drive to accomplish what I need to succeed."
While some may view the 26-year-old fighter's rise to the UFC as a quick ascension after just five fights and little more than two years of true MMA training, it certainly was anything but an overnight process.