MMA Mania is reporting that Karo Parisyan has tested positive for pain killers following his victory at UFC 94.
Former number one welterweight contender, Karo Parisyan, has tested positive for several painkillers, including Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone, following his controversial split decision win over Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim at UFC 94: “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 31.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) today passed along the results to MMAmania.com.
If his performance inside the cage wasn’t enough to turn some of his fans off, this news should be enough to do so. This has been a tough stretch for the judoka, and many fans were hoping to see Karo get back on track and re-emerge as a contender in the welterweight division.
Recent reports even suggested that Parisyan may have been tapped to take on Josh Koscheck at UFC 98. Parisyan now faces a possible fine and suspension, which would no doubt put this contest on the shelf for the time being. In addition, it’s possible that the NSAC could overturn his recent decision win on January 31st.
Perhaps Kenny Florian will be traveling to Montreal alone to train with St. Pierre now that Karo’s career has hit yet another speed bump.
It should also be noted that no other fighters tested positive following their performances at UFC 94.
Quick update: MMA Weekly is reporting that Karo claims he revealed the medications following the proper procedures prior to the fight, and wasn’t aware that he was violating any rules.
Update II: The NSAC says Karo did not inform them of the meds prior to the fight. He only did so after the fight when he was told he’d have to submit a post-fight drug test.
Update III: The story continues…There’s now a dispute between Karo and the NSAC over what actually happened. Karo claims he was told by a commission official that everything would be fine as long as he had a prescription for the pain meds he took. The commission says otherwise, and have granted Karo a hearing for next Tuesday so he can explain his case. Haven’t we heard this story before? I think we know how it ends.