At his appeals hearing in Las Vegas today, Karo “The Heat” Parisyan has been suspended for nine months after testing positive for prescription pain killers following his UFC 94 bout.

PRO MMA ( spoke to NSAC Executive Director Kieth Kizer and confirmed that “The Heat” lost $32,000 of his $80,000 purse (forty percent) from his victory over Dong Hyun Kim.

Kizer also informed PRO MMA that Parisyan’s suspension dates to nine months from UFC 94 and that his split decision victory had been overturned to a no-contest.

The test revealed that Parisyan, 26, had unacceptable levels of Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone in his system. The commission deemed that because his levels were so high (3,551 ng/mL of Oxymorphone and 4,654 of Hydrocodone) that Parisyan had a higher pain tolerance during the bout.

During the hearing Parisyan stated that, “If I don’t fight, I’m nothing. I’m very, very sorry. It was completely unintentional. This is embarrassing for me.”

The Armenian born fighter proclaims he informed the commission he had been taking the pills prior to his 170-pound bout with Kim. However, Kizer stated Parisyan only did so after the bout, once he became aware he would be taking the test.

Note: Jeff Howard contributed to this report

3 thoughts on “Parisyan suspended for nine months”
  1. Many people, myself included, thought that Kim won that fight to begin with. Them overturning the decision keeps Kim’s undefeated record in tact, as it should be.

  2. karo would still BEAT kim 10 out of 10 times. He was “drowsy” and he STILL pulled out that decssion in the LAST 2 rounds.. either way karo’s record is the SHIT resume tells it all.. lol

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