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Fine, So Maybe Karo Didn’t Admit His Painkiller Use Before UFC 94

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Shortly after Karo Parisyan‘s unfortunate post-UFC 94 drug test results were released, the Heat expressed frustration at his situation, telling MMA Weekly that he’d revealed all his medications before the fight and was under the impression that he was not in violation of any rules. But Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer has contradicted Parisyan’s account of the events, spurring the troubled UFC welterweight to sort of change his story. Now, Parisyan says his complete honesty about his painkiller use didn’t happen until after after the fight:

“I told (the commission) ‘listen, by the way, if pain pills come positive, I have prescription, I told you.’ They said, ‘no problem, as long as you have a prescription for it, and it’s like a pain pill, it’s not a big deal.’…
I did not even think about any of that stuff. I was just thinking about my fight, and my anxiety and how I’m going to walk in the cage. I had so many problems in my head. I didn’t even think I should write [it on my pre-fight medical questionnaire] — I was just doing it fast, fast, fast, just to get out there and weigh in and fight. I completely forgot about all this stuff."

Apparently, that’s not a good enough excuse. Regarding Parisyan’s statement that a prescription would absolve him from punishment, Keith Kizer was dismissive:

“I mean, I wasn’t back there, but that’s nothing we’d say…It’s up for the commission to decide. You can’t wait till after the fight, when they’re about to urinate in the cup, and say ‘oh, by the way, I took a prohibited substance yesterday.’ That’s what it sounds like happened here, but we’ll give him his chance to explain to the full commission.”

Karo will get that chance next Tuesday, when he officially responds to these charges in a NSAC hearing. For the record, he claims that his usage of Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone stems from the hamstring injury he suffered in 2007, and a back injury sustained last year. And if this painkiller drama sinks his chance to fight Josh Koscheck at UFC 98 (May 23rd, Las Vegas), he’ll be seriously pissed:

“They better not do anything to screw that up. I’m gonna go beyond training for this fight. The deal is, I couldn’t travel because of my anxiety. I would go crazy in hotel rooms and et cetera, so all kinds of reasons. But now, thank God, I’m fine. I can travel and I can train. And that’s what I’m shooting for, I want to travel and train with St. Pierre and my original camp, with Greg Jackson, and I’ll be in the best shape of my life. I guarantee that. I’m not (expletive) around no more. Everything that I was (expletive) around with, no more.”

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bomber- February 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm
it must be hard to look tuff with such pink nipples
emptyhandkiller- February 12, 2009 at 5:29 am
Early on, I was in awe of Karo. His style was exciting and different. But, then, his dark side started to show. His claims of "unfair stoppages", that roll of blubber around his waist, when he claimed to want the title. Finally, his attacking Nick Diaz for no reason on tv. He is being revealed as a bully, an uprepared fighter, and now a drug sneak. He is not long for this sport. Great talent wasted.
Kintama Chikara- February 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm
agree with RickNasty. on pain meds for injury sustained in 2007 is excessive. Can anyone say "addiction"?
MMA- February 11, 2009 at 4:40 pm
Karo needs to stop all the bs and start training hard for his fights. He has all the potential in the world he just needs to get his shit straight. Hopefully this suspension will clear his mind and get him back on track.
Anonymous- February 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Anonymous- February 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm
ricknasty- February 11, 2009 at 1:36 pm
honestly he should be off the meds for many reasons. one being a person using pain killers to subside an injury sustained years prior shows one of three things
1. the injury's sustained caused permanent damage and cant be fixed (shouldn't be fighting)
2. he did not take the correct steps to rehabilitate himself
3. or he just did what every american will do when in pain and medicate it.
with these things in mind its clear karo needs to go into great detail with the NSAC in order not to be suspended and fined.
my prediction is karo will be out for a while....
joho- February 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm
What a Dipshit ! I have taken pain pills both to catch a buzz and for herniated disc and there is no reason a DR would prescribe this combo.
1. You would take the oxymorphone an extended release to manage the pain
2.Hydrocodone-Vicoden for breakout pain when needed
As far as having 2 morphine products thats too much but depending on how long and at what dose he has been on, because your tolerance can build up quickly with these meds therefore you have to increase the milligrams not add more medicine to it .
Sounds to me that he tried to sneak under the radar and then he got busted
but I can see how this would effect a fighter by not feeling as much pain by the other fighter and being more active by not feeling the pain that you have
This is probably why he has so much anxiety the guy needs some xanax but that would slow him down

Your Fucking Father- February 11, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I dont think they are mad because they think you are one of those first assholes, I think they are pissed because you took away the opportunity for them to be first. And I love how Jeffro does not even look at the name of the guy he is talking shit about, who the fuck is antfarmer?
just some dong- February 11, 2009 at 10:50 am
actually i think karo's jabbing a morphine drip into his vein right there...
armfarmer- February 11, 2009 at 10:23 am
I'd predict kos by tko set up from strikes on the feet and finished on the ground in round 2. Kos should have better stand up than karo, and I think he's a superior grappler and could defend karos takedowns pretty easily. Basicaly I think kos is just an all around better fighter, better striking, grappling, power, cardio. Would be a hell of a fight though.

"HOLY SHIT..."armfarmer" your amazing!!! actually waited next to your computer to have the first comment"

Actually I was sitting at my computer looking at cagepotato being bored and unproductive and a new article just happened to be up so I thought I'd ruin it for all the people that give a shit about being first. At least I'm getting paid to be on here. Also I'm already aware that I'm amazing, I don't need to be told.
armfarmer- February 11, 2009 at 10:18 am
I posted gibberish to take up the first post to ruin the "first" crowds fun.. but it appears that in attempting to screw up their stupid game I've actually become one of them myself. I'll give myself a swift kick in the balls.. it's what I deserve.
jarhead- February 11, 2009 at 9:28 am
How about we keep the comments about the subject. If you want run your mouth about any other things, go outside and make some friends. I like both fighters, but i see Kos winning in the second.
bump- February 11, 2009 at 8:42 am
The "first" people, and the subsequent "your mom" people all should be forced to mop sweat from between Louie Anderson's fat folds. Fuck off, each and everyone of you "first" mooks.
SlickRick- February 11, 2009 at 7:42 am

HAHA i had a pinched nerve in my L2 disk. 3 MRI's and a dozen prescriptions. i was on oxy 40's and 80's for 2 years. do your research because oxymorphone is way stronger the n oxyCONTIN. dumbass. do your freakin research faggot
Mike`- February 11, 2009 at 7:36 am
fuck the commission, i support karo no matter what. i deal with that anxiety shit myself, and this is the last thing he needs right now. oohhhhhh nooooo he was taking painkillers before a fight in a sport where for training you get BEAT UP with fists and legs and all sorts of shit. hope his meeting with the commission goes well.
gogo-jojo- February 11, 2009 at 7:27 am
HOLY SHIT..."armfarmer" your amazing!!! actually waited next to your computer to have the first comment..just like all the other future presidents on this blog......that is such a great achievement....this websight attracts the most amazingly talented guys just waiting to further mankinds place in the universe. I mean, your not homophobic, or losers of any kind, your just "real men" with a purpose!!! Thanks guys, Einstein had nothing on ya!!!
Just Letting Everyone Know- February 11, 2009 at 7:22 am
Fedor a million ankles is a racist douchebag.
LAS- February 11, 2009 at 7:17 am
Good point Adam, if the Karo who has shown up in the last couple years comes to this fight, Kos would absolutely slaughter him.
Anonymous- February 11, 2009 at 7:16 am
Karo is a fucking Dildo.
Mixed Martial Adam- February 11, 2009 at 7:09 am
not to mention... Oxymorphone isn't exactly a MILD painkiller. Karo should have known better (and probably did).

After watching the way he handles this situation I think I'll end up jumping of the war wagon. It's always an excuse with him and it's always not his fault. He isn't ready to face Koscheck and should hope that the NSAC 'screws it up' for him.
Jeffro- February 11, 2009 at 7:07 am
Antfarmer is more annoying than the "First" guys.
Mixed Martial Adam- February 11, 2009 at 7:07 am
Notice how Karo views this as the commission's fault if he can't fight Koscheck? Not his, for knowingly taking a banned substance (hey - Nick Diaz has a prescription for Marijuana and he can't even test positive). Always blaming someone else...

Notice also how he's going to train hard NEXT time? This is the fourth time he's said this in four disappointing fights. He's an adult - time to act like one.
Kadumel- February 11, 2009 at 6:53 am
Does anyone else think Karo looks to be taking an absolutely huge dump?
SJBJJ- February 11, 2009 at 6:51 am
he should have admitted it prior to the fight. he should get suspended like everyone else who test positive for a banned substance. why should he be the exception? he has nobody to blame but himself. i like karo but rules are rules.