Parisyan Tests Positive for Painkillers

By Staff Feb 10, 2009
Welterweight contender Karo Parisyan tested positive for three banned painkillers following his main-card bout with South Korean judoka Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94 “St. Pierre vs. Penn 2” on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, according to a report released Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Parisyan -- who has a well chronicled history of panic attacks -- was flagged for Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone. A NSAC complaint will be filed against the Armenian-born standout in the coming days and will be followed by a disciplinary hearing, according to NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer. was first to report the positive test.

The talented 26-year-old Parisyan (19-5) eked out a split decision against the previously undefeated Kim at UFC 94, as he posted his first victory in more than a year. He has lost to only three men -- reigning UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, top welterweight contender Thiago Alves and “The Ultimate Fighter” season one winner Diego Sanchez -- in the last eight years.

Drug tests on 11 other fighters who competed at UFC 94 -- St. Pierre, B.J. Penn, Lyoto Machida, Thiago Silva, Clay Guida, Nathan Diaz, Stephan Bonnar, Jon Jones, Jake O'Brien, John Howard and Thiago Tavares -- were all negative.
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