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Karo Parisyan Suspended, Fined, Stripped of Last Win, and Told “Good Day” by NSAC

(Parisyan was also "strongly encouraged" to get an eyebrow-wax. Photo courtesy of

It seems like our earlier post on today’s Penn/St. Pierre NSAC hearing contained a bit of foreshadowing. Yes, fights in Nevada can be overturned if one of the fighters was using banned substances, and Karo Parisyan just learned that the hard way. "The Heat" was busted last month after testing positive for three different painkillers following his three-round snoozer with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94. Well, the verdict has finally come down, and Parisyan has been nailed with a nine-month suspension, a $32,000 fine (40% of his total purse), and the official voiding of his split-decision victory against Kim. That fight will now be known as a "no decision," which means that Kim is still technically undefeated. As Sherdog reports:

Parisyan, who was not represented by legal counsel at the hearing, pleaded for leniency before the commission after he admitted his guilt. “This is my only form of income,” Parisyan said. “If I don’t fight, I’m nothing. I’m very, very sorry. It was completely unintentional. This is embarrassing for me.” …
Commissioner John Bailey reacted sternly to Parisyan, both for his use of pain pills that had not been prescribed and his failure to disclose use on the questionnaire. “[The commission has] to know what’s going on with you,” Bailey said. “You just decided to not be truthful on a pre-fight questionnaire. We can’t have fighters drifting in and out of reality."

Overturning Parisyan’s win was absolutely the right thing to do. We’ve heard the argument that painkillers don’t provide the same performance-enhancement that steroids do — and that’s bullshit. Parisyan claims he suffers from chronic pain due to an old hamstring injury that he chose to leave unrepaired. Without the painkillers, he would have been in no condition to go three hard rounds against Dong Hyun Kim; Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, and Oxymorphone allowed him to compete, artificially. In a substance-free fight, Kim could have easily come out on top — even if it’s just because Karo would have been a hobbled wreck.

Parisyan will be forced to submit to random testing during his nine-month suspension, which means that if he has a dependency issue related to his painkiller use, he’ll need to go into treatment immediately. Though perhaps physical rehabilitation for his leg is all he really needs at this point. Either way, get well soon, Karo…

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Anonymous- April 25, 2009 at 8:01 pm
I know Karo personally, he is a great guy with a good heart.
Craig- March 20, 2009 at 9:20 am
I think he was taxed 32K for lying about it, whereas he was suspended for using the drugs - that may not be technically true, but would they have fined him as heavily if he disclosed the use on the medical questionnaire? I don't know...

BJ ... maybe you can't knock him for standing up for what he believes in. Maybe I couldn't. But I don't believe that's what he's doing. This isn't about principle - it's all about BJ. And bringing in Mommy? Classic. Jackson&co are doing this right. Smart. They know enough to mea culpa on a limited basis and keep their mouths shut about BJ and his lawyer. Smart to not have GSP show tooo. Clever lads they are.
Anonymous- March 20, 2009 at 12:57 am
Craig why cant you believe you are responding to anonymous? I am just making my opinionated statement on the term enhancements . I agree he fd up and agree he should have been punished also. I guess i agree he would have had an extra second to get out of an armbar due to the drugs. but also belive he would get in that armbar position due to the drugs. I cant believe he was taxed 32000 for that. And for B.J. , what is up with that guy? He is losing it. I guess I cant knock him for standing up for what he believes in , but damn. Its kinda funny how Greg Jackson is keeping his head down coaching his boy on what to say.A few times his expression is oh fuck dont say that.
Craig- March 19, 2009 at 8:10 am
I can't believe I'm responding to "Anonymous".

I believe you about disequilibrium, and couldn't agree more about submission to a choke. I'm not sure I agree with respect to locks, neck crank etc. That's why I specifically said armbar (though that's narrower than it needed to be).

Definitely not saying it's a plus on net. Wouldn't choose it myself.

Bottom line in this case with Karo is do the crime, do the time. Maybe he should have brought in his momma to read a statement if he was going for sympathy...I suppose at least he has some self-respect.
Sucka- March 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm
WTF is yout problem, the dude is a legend
Anonymous- March 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm
Craig- like I said I take painkillers on a daily basis and trust me they dont give you an extra second to get out of being submitted, you are more likely to being knocked out while on them and your reactions are much slower , not to mention they affect your breathing . When you are in a fight your adreniline takes over and takes pain away anyways. Just look at Karos performance in that fight ,very sloppy and lax.
Anonymous- March 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm
Dar, just when I try to express an informed opinion , I fuck it up .But you get what I meant .
Craig- March 18, 2009 at 9:11 am
Russell - I haven't seen anyone saying it did. But it sounds like you think that awareness and stamina are the only two aspects of fighting which could be enhanced by drugs. An interesting conclusion, I would say.

Getting injured during a fight hurts. Me hurting you helps me win. I can only imagine it would hurt less if you were doped up on painkillers. Might buy you an extra second to escape an armbar, hold out long enough for the bell, etc.

Might get you really hurt too, if I decide that you're not quitting because I'm not pulling hard enough and I turn your elbow inside out. And that's not good for fighter safety. Plus I might feel bad.

Until I find out you were cheating anyway.

Fock- March 18, 2009 at 5:19 am
This is FUCKED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No more high level judo throws for awhile!! I bet the diaz bros are happy they are not gonna get thrown on their heads anytime soon.

Fuck yall
Bas Rutten- March 18, 2009 at 4:21 am
damn, I lost like 80 bucks on this fight.... wheres my money MGM?
Russell- March 17, 2009 at 11:44 pm
After reading this... Everyone on this site is retarded.. The dude took painkillers for an injury. In no way did that give him a boost in stamina or awareness. All of you... are retarded
UFC fan- March 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm
Karo was always trash, now hes worthless trash.
Bye Karo join assfliction, they take all the UFC rejects.
John Nada- March 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm
"Life's a bitch...

....And she's back in heat!"
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm
The NSAC suspended him bro, other than that nice post.
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 8:03 pm
I am prescribed hydrocodone every month and they do not enhance my life in any way but as a buffer to my severe pain . It is true some people feel a lil rush from them , but they make you relaxed ,tired ,and the pain is still there ,if anything the painkillers were a negative for Karo to take. I just want to watch t.v. after I take them. If I do anything physical that day, like working on cars or go to the gym I dont take them.So in my opinion calling them enhancers is a joke ,if he didnt take them , he would have done much better. Now if he went in the cage on pcp that would be a different story. I think the suspension was warranted for illegal prescripts , the time off would give him alot of time to fix his health issues ,or addictions , but the 32k stings a lil. Man the CSAC dont take shit from nobody.
Anonymous- March 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm
brett farve admitted to taking up to 8 vicodin before a game. Nobody stripped him of any wins or money. This allowed him to compete, it didn't enhance his performance... it allowed him to perform. Some of these fighters fight 3 times a year and get 4-6 thousand dollars a fight. Can they really afford to miss a fight and support family with 10k a year. I know the Heat makes much more than that but one would like to think Karo was treated fairly and if someone took 40% pay of a fighter lower down the totem pole, they would be up the creek. I understand the importance of being honest on your questionnaire for medical reasons but these guys are just like any other athlete that wants to compete. i look at it as an illegal cortisone shot- imho.
Scary Spice- March 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm
I feel bad for the dude,but rules are rules,biotches :-P
Tpark- March 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm
CanadianProduce- March 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm
"We can't have fighters drifting in and out of reality"...haha.
Not a huge fan of Karo...I sympathize with his panic attacks and anxiety problems but he needs to shut the fack up and quit acting so arrogant and awesome.
Thoughts- March 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Those silly Armenians...always trying to get away with something. Karo kinda reminds me of Biff from Back to the Future. I can picture him saying:
"Why dont you make like a tree, and get outta here."
Diaz beats Gomi- March 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm
IMO painkillers can help you alot!! I should know I had a problem with them a few years back. They do give certain people energy and strength depending on the person...thats what they did for me. Now the BS no contest was the one given to Diaz for smoking pot. That definitely is not performance-enhancing. If you can defeat (at the time) a person considered one of the best in his division while baked YOU ARE THE MAN!!!
Truth2Pwr- March 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm
I don't know enough about Parisian personally to say whether he deserves the shit he brought on himself or not, but as a former competitive judoka, I'm gonna miss watching his sick-ass throws for the next 9 months.
Crap Factory- March 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm
@ Ample

How do you decide what's fair for roid heads in comparison to pill poppers? Illegal drugs are illegal drugs. Once you start seperating different drugs with different penalties, you open a can of worms that can only get worse.

Next you'll have the Diaz boys complaining that they "only smoked some pot" why bust our nuts?
Ample- March 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm
@ Crap Factory and Batman.

Yah dude, the pain killers worked really well for him didnt they. His striking looked reminiscent of Anderson Silva and his athleticism in the fight was parallel to the agility of GSP wasnt it?

Sure the pills might have numbed him up a bit but he didnt win decisevly, it was a boring and slow fight. HE could barley keep his hands up or have enough energy to punch.

I know in most cases people get barred for roids or something to boost your already healthy body. Karo was taking pain killers just so he could climb into the octogan. That dude has a mountain of medical problems and if he were healthy he wouldnt need it.

All im saying is look at the intentions behind his stupid decision. Yes it was dumb to not be honest about your medical background, yes it was stupid to fight when your probably not healthy enough to anyway, yes you broke the rules and you should be dealt with.

All im saying is tha the severity shouldnt be the same for someone who gets caught juicin vs some dude (karo) who gets poped for painkillers just to be able to make it into the cage in the first place.

Armbreaker- March 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm
@ Jimjam

Cage Potato posted an article ranking the top referees yesterday.