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Karo Parisyan denies those painkiller addict rumors

We all wanna know … how’s Karo? The answer: we don’t know. On one side we have a (former?) close friend and training partner saying Karo has a painkiller addiction problem. On the other we have Karo saying his only problem was anxiety. Here’s what he said on Inside MMA over the weekend when Kenny Rice asked him straight up if he had a problem:

I took two pain pills for my torn hamstring legally with a frickin paper … a prescription. I had a problem, a torn hamstring when I was supposed to fight Matt Hughes. That never healed. I could open up my pants in front of the whole national television right now and show that dent behind my thigh. I took pain pills, I completely forgot about all this but it’s legal I have a prescription for it.

This kinda glosses over the fact that the hamstring injury happened YEARS ago and those ‘two pain pills’ weren’t his or even what he was prescribed but random pain pills offered up by a friend that morning (mmmm, mystery friendship pills).

And it’s not like a prescription means there’s no abuse or addiction going on. You don’t have to be a Hollywood celebrity to get a generous amount of perfectly legal meds. You don’t even have to ask a doctor “Do you know who I am, bro?” You just tell em it hurts and get your tasty drugs.

  • kwagnuth

    Yeah that line might work on the street even if they don’t know who he is.

  • G-ranical

    Man he looks like a fucking drug addict on the show. Good lord. Karo….take some time off. Fighting isn’t the be all end all of the world. Get your head straight for a couple of years and come back at a totally different level where you’ve grown emotionally and can operate in a much more effective manner.

    Anxiety/panic attacks drain the fuck out of you. I would throw out that they destroy your energy and cardio levels but as much as 80 percent. It’s like your body is running in fear/attack mode 24/7 and it’s all repressed beneath the surface.

    I feel sorry for the guy and hopefully he gets through this okay.

  • Omomatta

    In order to get through anxiety (fear) you have to be able to take a long hard look at yourself and admit who you really are. I think Karo’s fucked. He’s got that whole “machismo” thing going on. “Do you know who I am bro?”

    He’s a lost cause. Obviously I don’t know him personally, but his head seems way to swollen to be able to knock that shit off and do the work required to eliminate anxiety.

  • agentsmith

    Does anyone really think he still matters in today’s UFC anyway? Last time he beat someone relevant was going on 5 years ago. GSP already beat him (in his very first UFC fight), and so did Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves. Do you really think he’s been working hard, has totally evolved his game, and is way better now? Come on, son.


    I hope we don’t have to listen to all this repeatedly until UFC 123 six weeks from now. I think if Karo has to go over this in multiple interviews his anxiety level is only gonna go up. He still/already sounds jacked up to me.

    He’s back in UFC by some “miracle” – make the best of it. Karo should take it easy (mentally) and win the next fight without all this drama or a major breakdown. If he can’t do that, we just have to forget him.