Out of the blue, the day before weigh-ins, Karo has pulled out of his UFC 106 fight against Dustin Hazelett. And Dana is pissed…like Loretta Hunt pissed.
Karo Parisyan has fucked over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting saturday or ever again in the UFC!!
Pulled out of the fight the day before weigh ins again with a laundry list of excuses!!! Let the press ask karo why! Let him explain.
Dustin will be paid his full purse to show and win. Its not his fault.
Parisyan also pulled out of his UFC 88 bout against Yoshiyuki Yoshida citing a back injury, and then was rumored to be pulling out of his UFC 94 fight against Dong Hyun Kim. He showed up for that one, but then tested positive for a painkiller cocktail consisting of hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone. The NSAC eventually overturned his decision victory to a no contest.
In the few interviews Karo has done leading up to this fight, he seemed to be over his anxiety issues, or at least he said he was. Whether that was the cause or something else, we don’t know, but whatever it is, it struck a nerve with Dana. Before we rush to judgment though we should probably wait to hear Karo’s side of the story first. Cro Cop “fucked” over the UFC too if you remember, but that didn’t turn out to be the case at all. That said, this is an entirely different situation and Karo doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record, so it’s difficult to give him the benefit of the doubt when he refuses to answer questions.
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Update: Karo Parisyan has spoken to MMA Weekly and claims he pulled out of the fight because he owed the NSAC $32,000 in fines — money he doesn’t have — for his painkiller suspension and they wouldn’t license him until he paid.
Karo “The Heat” Parisyan is out of UFC 106 after failing to acquire a license in Nevada, according to Parisyan, due to not having the money to pay his fine from previously being suspended after testing positive for a three different pain killers following his UFC 94 bout with Kim Dong-hyun.
“There’s a lot of problems going on. They won’t re-license me unless I (expletive) pay them,” Parisyan told MMAWeekly.com. “I had to pay the $32,000 fine in order to fight. I never paid because I never had the money. I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back.”
Seems like a legitimate excuse, except the NSAC’s Keith Kizer says it’s completely untrue.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told Sherdog.com Thursday that Parisyan had already been fully licensed last January and was cleared to fight this Saturday. Kizer said Parisyan had not been required to take a pre-fight drug test for the painkillers he had been flagged for in January, as they would be tested the night of the bout.
Kizer said while the fine typically needs to be paid upfront, they decided to cut Karo a break and take the money out of his purse. He was scheduled to make $40k to show, $40k to win, so if he had won, they would take all $32k out of his purse, and if he had lost, they were only going to take $16k and collect the rest later.
Basically, either there was some epic miscommunication or Karo is lying. Anyways, here’s Kizer explaining the NSAC’s side of the story via Cagewriter.
Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann has replaced Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett on the main card.
Update 2: It looks like Karo’s pain killer addiction was the reason he pulled out of the fight. According to his friend/train partner Neil Melanson, Karo would have tested positive for pain killers again if he had fought. Karo gave Neil his blessing to reveal the truth to the public.
“Karo’s had some problems with an addiction to pain medicine due to an injury he sustained a few years ago,” began Melanson, who essentially began training under Karo Parisyan years ago while under the guidance of grappling legend Gokor Chivichyan in L.A., only to evolve to a point with his own grappling where he eventually became the teacher. “Then when he started having these anxiety problems, it didn’t seem like the anxiety pills were helping him. The only thing that was helping him was the pain medication that he had been taking for his injuries. That’s when he just started down that slope.
“It’s just one of those situations where you have two guys that sit down to have a drink, and you have one guy that can go home and he’s fine, and the other guy has to go out and get wasted every single time because he’s an alcoholic. I think that maybe with the pills, that Karo is the second guy. Maybe he’s the guy that can’t take them here and there, or can’t use them effectively. It’s really hard on him.”
Karo apparently tried to numerous times to get off the pills but the withdrawals always sucked him back in. He looked good in training when he showed up, but he didn’t make it to practice as often as he should have. Neil said Karo had a plan to get off the pills three weeks before the fight so he would test clean, but ultimately he couldn’t do it, so Karo and his team decided it was best not to fight.
“He contacted me and told me about the situation, and I said, ‘Look, just sleep on it and we’ll talk about it tomorrow’. I met with Greg Jackson and we had a little conversation about everything. From there I called Karo and I just told him, ‘Well you’re better off being honest now than piss testing and getting in trouble with the commission’. He did the right thing there and told them. He messed up, but people shouldn’t hate him for it. The guy has a legit problem right now. He did the right thing; he didn’t cheat, he didn’t lie, he didn’t do anything wrong. He just had a problem that he tried to overcome and he couldn’t do it. I think that everybody can sympathize with that. Karo has put on great shows in the past, and I think that he felt a lot of pressure to do that again.”
Hopefully Karo gets the help he needs, and once he gets past this maybe Dana will reconsider letting him back in. Karo is certainly responsible for what’s happened, but on the same token, addictions can be evil conditions that have the power to control your life. If he’s able to overcome it, doesn’t he deserve a second chance?