Parisyan Appears at NSAC Meeting

Written by Tom Ngo
February 18th, 2009


UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan attended the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s meeting, however his impending suspension was not on their agenda. Parisyan showed up to plead his case regarding his positive test for pain killers after his UFC 94 bout against Dong Hyun Kim.

“It was in the paperwork that it was going to be a temporary suspension,” Parisyan stated after the hearing. “But I showed up to talk to them in person.”

Initially Parisyan cried innocence, stating that he notified NSAC officials that he would test positive for the prescription pain killers after he was required to submit his post-fight drug test. Now, the Armenian states that only one of the pain killers that he took was authorized by a physician.

Parisyan states that he will not fight the positive test, and that he would like to start his suspension as quickly as possible. Before that happens, he intends to throw himself at the mercy of the Commission, hoping for a light sentencing.

“I’m just going to tell them, ‘Listen, I’m sorry,'” Parisyan said of what he intends to communicate to the NSAC. “‘I had a prescription for one pain pill; the other I didn’t have a prescription for. I have a very high resistance to pain pills, and I took some. I’m sorry.

“‘This is the only way I have to support my family. If I don’t fight, I’m going to be homeless by the end of the year. I’m going to try to get married in August. If I don’t fight and I get fined, my entire year — everything I was supposed to do — will just go down the toilet. Between my marriage and my house, I’ll lose everything if you take my money away. So I beg God and I’m begging you guys, please don’t do that to me.'”

The Commission intends to reconvene on March 20th, and Parisyan will be on the agenda.

“I’ve got to come back (in March), and if they take my money and [heavily] fine me, I won’t make it until the end of the year,” Parisyan stated. “It’s that bad for me with income. If they won’t level with me, it’s going to be pretty hard for me.”

In the meantime, Parisyan remains on temporary suspension.

He is Rumored to be facing Josh Koscheck at UFC 98 in May, if Kos is able to leave his bout against Paulo Thiago victorious and healthy this weekend at UFC 95.

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