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Karo Parisyan: “I’m Going to Be Homeless By the End of the Year”


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Following his bust for three unapproved painkillers following UFC 94, Karo Parisyan was hoping to take his suspension and try to move on with his life. Unfortunately, he’s still stuck in punitive limbo, as he was informed in a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing yesterday that a final decision regarding his positive drug test won’t be announced until next month. Though Parisyan is still under a temporary suspension, his actual suspension will be retroactive to January 31st; in other words, it won’t begin on the date that the final suspension is determined, which is good news. Still, the uncertainty isn’t exactly helping the Heat’s panic-related issues. As he told MMA Junkie:

"I’ve got to come back (in March), and if they take my money and [heavily] fine me, I won’t make it until the end of the year. It’s that bad for me with income. If they won’t level with me, it’s going to be pretty hard for me.
 
I’m just going to tell them, ‘Listen, I’m sorry.’ I had a prescription for one pain pill; the other I didn’t have a prescription for. I have a very high resistance to pain pills, and I took some. I’m sorry.
 

 
This is the only way I have to support my family. If I don’t fight, I’m going to be homeless by the end of the year. I’m going to try to get married in August. If I don’t fight and I get fined, my entire year — everything I was supposed to do — will just go down the toilet. Between my marriage and my house, I’ll lose everything if you take my money away. So I beg God and I’m begging you guys, please don’t do that to me."

Listen Karo, as long as we have a couch, you’ll never have to be homeless. But yeah, the marriage and house thing kind of sucks. You’d think the half-dozen relatives that live with him would be able to help out in some way, but it’s a different culture, and we must not judge.

Related: Dr. Johnny Benjamin clarifies why painkillers like the ones Parisyan was taking are banned in mixed martial arts competition:

During the bout, the net effect of narcotic pain medication would tend to be more harmful than helpful to actual performance. A general dulling of the senses, slowed reaction time and poorer coordination would significantly outweigh any potential increase in pain tolerance.
 
As a physician that regularly treats trauma patients, any medication (narcotics, etc.) that can alter brain function and other vital systems (such as respiration) can pose a significant risk for those that suffer significant injury (a spleen injury, for example), head trauma, concussion and/or brain injury. This fact is the major reason that narcotics are banned — not because they are performance-enhancing drugs (PED).

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yuntian- November 13, 2011 at 6:25 pm
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Craig- February 20, 2009 at 5:39 am
Karo is a complete twat. Seriously.

On top of that he did the crime, so it's time to pay. Chump.

Go get a job like everyone else - don't cry to me little girl.
Fedor a million ankles- February 19, 2009 at 11:34 pm
I wish I knew something about fighting... This one time my dad told me we would have a sword fight so we took our dicks out and started hitting each other with them.. He won so he told me I had to catch that day.. It was a fun day.. My ass hurts..
Anonymous- February 19, 2009 at 5:30 am
Kayro Syrup is one of the biggest under achievers in the UFC! He has the talent but he always fucks up! HE lacks a good training camp, he is a dick, now he snorts pills... damn what else...

Kayro and Manny needs to go back to Middle East and race camels, give up on fighting!

Holla!

Anonymous- February 18, 2009 at 11:43 pm
take your case to Obama. He'll bail you out!
Bill C.- February 18, 2009 at 7:31 pm
Look on the bright side: with that killer 'stache, Karo's got an excellent future in porn.
John Kimble- February 18, 2009 at 2:45 pm
I feel so bad for him. He's broke. How would a professional fighter with a blackbelt in judo, six national junior chapionship belts, and olympic level experience make money? It's not like he has any marketable skills he can teach.
Grow up!- February 18, 2009 at 1:08 pm
I feel bad for the man. He definitely screwed up, but he should look at how many chances he's been given.


The guy has a lot of talent and decides to show up to fights flabby and out of shape. When he was on the ultimate fighter to support his cousin he acted like a total douche. Hopefully, these life experiences will humble him as a person.
Ricky- February 18, 2009 at 12:58 pm
I feel bad for the guy so I am going to help him out.

I am buying a brand new, $4000 stainless steel refridgerator this weekend and I am going to donate the box it comes in to Karo. I am also going to include the styrofoam packing so he has a pillow.

Hell ya, I am a nice guy.
Machete for hands- February 18, 2009 at 10:16 am
FAH-Q. now that was coOOOooOOOL
homieG- February 18, 2009 at 9:57 am
hey man, how did u do that?
homieG- February 18, 2009 at 9:56 am
whoa
C O
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homieG- February 18, 2009 at 9:55 am
coooolllll mannnnn...

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Anonymous- February 18, 2009 at 9:52 am
He broke the rules. he knew of the piss test. Im sure there are fighters fighting with pain like him who would die for the chance to be in the UFC. Hes a sloppy fighter, he didnt look good in his fight (which i still believed he lost) which was probably because of the meds. If you do something illegal, face the consequences. He should have thought about his shitty home life before getting mixed up with meds. How do we even know if hes addicted or not. The guy could be a straight up junkie. He put his life and whoever else is free loading off him in jeopardy. Suspend his ass
homieG- February 18, 2009 at 9:50 am
o l
c o !

lol how the hell do u do that?
nyways sounds like karo is in a tough way, i wish him the best to climb out of it.
Dana White- February 18, 2009 at 9:30 am
"dont you know who i am" Yes karo a broke ass bastard.......
^^ im pretty sure he said something like that when he was on TUff lol.
Dakyn- February 18, 2009 at 9:02 am
Here's an idea:

Can't pay the rent. Get a job. (That means actually looking for one - you know you're gonna get fined, you know its going to be significant so stop looking for sympathy and be prepared).

Can't afford to get married? Then don't - it doesn't mean anything anyway and nowadays its just an excuse for the women to have attention lavished upon her so she can feel "oh-so-special".
TUF Guy- February 18, 2009 at 9:01 am
This section failed !

HAHAHAHAHHA

The first douche that wanted to diss me Failed! AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA


TkenD- February 18, 2009 at 8:58 am
If your nickname is "The Heat", shouldn't you be able to take some?

I'm agreeing with the "he knew what he was doing, what did he think was going to happen" stance.

Neve been much of a Karo fan, and this isn't helping.
google- February 18, 2009 at 8:56 am
WTF? that was uncool.
your mother's poutine- February 18, 2009 at 8:47 am
how do you guys reply to this shit so fast? are you all RSSing this at work or something. no wonder the shit-ass state the US economy is in.

...or maybe you're all unemployed?

lulz
mayhem420- February 18, 2009 at 8:44 am
I feel for ya buddy....
It sucks that he will not be working but come on now. You dont have any other way of making money? Why not teach Judo at a school or something?
I am sure that it doesnt pay well but it can help to put food on the table.
Maybe do some seminars?
ArmenianArmenianArmenianArmenianFalafel- February 18, 2009 at 8:44 am
Don't know any racial terms for Armenians.
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