(Parisyan was also "strongly encouraged" to get an eyebrow-wax. Photo courtesy of UFC.com.)
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:
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…