On Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed UFC welterweight, Karo Parisyan, tested positive for pain killers following his UFC 94 split decision victory against Dong Hyun Kim. The report stated that unacceptable levels of Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone were all found in Parisyan’s system.
Parisyan will most likely be called before the commission and could face both a fine and a suspension. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer also indicated the potential for Parisyan’s win over Kim to be ruled a no contest. No hearing date has been set as of now.
This news could potentially cost Parisyan the opportunity for a rumored bout against Josh Koscheck at UFC 98, which is rumored to be headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. The grudge match between former UFC Welterweight Champions, Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, is also reported to be on the card. UFC 98 is tentatively scheduled for May 23.
The rumored bout with Koscheck was dependant on Koscheck emerging victorious against Paulo Thiago at UFC 95 on February 21. UFC officials have yet to comment on the rumored bout, nor on the issue of Parisyan’s positive test results from the NSAC.