Parisyan suspended for nine months

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 (promma.info) 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.

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Karo Parisyan tests positive for painkillers following UFC 94

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.

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Affliction gets some free advertising at UFC 94

Karo Parisyan wearing Affliction during UFC 94 broadcast

It is well known amongst the MMA community that all Affliction brand apparel has been banned from UFC events. This means that no UFC fighter can wear clothing with the Affliction name showing.

One of the UFC video editors must have been asleep at the keyboard when putting together the UFC 94 promo spots for Saturday night. During Karo Parisyan’s intro they were showing various clips of him when a full size shot from the front showed Karo in the Octagon after a fight making a fist for the camera while wearing his signature Affliction T-Shirt for the world to see.

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UFC 94: ST. PIERRE vs PENN 2 results & round-by-round commentary

UFC 94: ST. PIERRE vs PENN 2 takes place tonight, Jan. 31, 2009, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. B.J. Penn, the UFC Lightweight Champion, has moved up to welterweight to try and grab a second title to add to his collection from Georges St. Pierre.

PRELIMINARY CARD QUICK RESULTS:
(WW) Dan Cramer def. Matt Arroyo by split decision
(LHW) Jake O’Brien def. Christian Wellisch by split decision
(WW) John Howard def. Chris Wilson by split decision
(LW) Thiago Tavares def. Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision
(WW) Jon Fitch def. Akihiro Gono by unanimous decision

MAIN CARD QUICK RESULTS: 
(LHW) Jon Jones def. Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision
(LW) Clay Guida def. Nate Diaz by split decision
(WW) Karo Parisyan def. Dong Hyun Kim by split decision
(LHW) Lyoto Machida def. Thiago Silva by KO in rd.1
(WW) Georges St. Pierre def. B.J. Penn by TKO in rd.4

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UFC fears another panic attack

Reports are surfacing that the UFC is prepared for another last second pull out by Karo Parisyan. The welterweight mainstay pulled out of his UFC 88 bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the last minute with an injury. Controversy surrounded Parisyan’s decision, since he had recently gone on record claiming that he had been dealing with panic attacks for some time.

Now, it appears as if the UFC is fully prepared for a similar situation. Karo Parisyan is scheduled to face Dong Hyun Kim on tomorrow night’s UFC 94 card, and the promotion has lined up a “Plan B” in case someone pulls out.

Elite Warrior Championship veteran Rick Story is said to be waiting in the wings completely prepared to step in against Kim if the promotion needs him. If he is needed, Story will bring momentum into the cage considering he is currently riding a six fight win streak. His career record in 7-2.

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UFC Trading Cards sneak peek at UFC 94

Topps Trading cards, the manufacturer of the soon to be released UFC Round 1 cards, has a treat in store for all in attendance for UFC 94, Penn vs. St. Pierre 2. Every fan at UFC 94 will receive a special sample pack containing exclusive versions of BJ Penn’s and GSP’s base (not an autograph or special insert) card.

This will be the first time fans will have a chance to get their hands on the much anticipated UFC Round 1 cards. The cards will feature both Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn pictured in their first matchups in the Octagon.

The cards will be of GSP vs. Karo Parysian at UFC 46 and The Prodigy’s will be of him facing Joey Gilbert at UFC 31. Topps representatives will also be on hand to gather feedback from fans at the event.

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UFC 94 pre-fight interviews (video)

Here’s a host of video interviews with many of the fighters that will be appearing on the UFC 94 card this weekend. Enjoy.
MACHIDA vs SILVA

more UFC 94 pre-fight video interviews after the jump…

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Alves to fight Swick?

Thigao Alves may need one more fight before getting a crack at the Welterweight Title. A recent rumor pits the American Top Team Welterweight against Mike “Quick” Swick before facing the winner of St. Pierre vs Penn.

Mark Chalifoux of the Baltimoresun.com mentioned this probable scenario in his latest blog entry.

What makes this rumor of interest to most fans would be Dana White’s latest proclamation.  As recently as last week, the UFC President revealed that Alves’ next fight would be for the title.

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Parisyan off of UFC 88…did he panic?

by:  Cory Brady, Jack Bratcher

The UFC is reporting that Karo “The Heat” Parisyan has been forced to scrap his UFC 88 bout with Japanese veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida. It seems that Parisyan has suffered a last minute back injury while preparing for this bout and will be sidelined for an undisclosed amount of time.

Parisyan was at the UFC 88 pre-fight press conference on Thursday where he reported for the first time in quite a while he did not have to cut much weight for this fight and seemed to be feeling great. Therefore, the injury must have happened sometime between Thursday evening and early Friday morning.

This must be very disappointing for Parisyan and the fans. The UFC does not have a replacement for Karo so the whole bout is scrapped and thus we get one less fight on the card and the fans who bought tickets get shorted a fight.

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