I’m so embarrassed … here I was claiming that today would be the day that nothing would get done at NSAC headquarters. But something already has happened: Karo Parisyan has been fined, suspended, and stripped of his win over Dong Hyun Kim:
The commission voted unanimously to suspend Parisyan, who slumped before the commission as the punishment was delivered.
As a result of the Commission’s decision Parisyan is suspended from competition for nine months. He is also fined 40 percent of his $80,000 fight purse ($40,000 to show/$40,000 to win), totaling $32,000, which is paid to the Athletic Commission.
Parisyan must also submit to random drug testing and the result of his UFC 94 bout with Dong Hyun Kim is changed from a split decision victory to a “No Decision.”
You’ll remember that Parisyan was pinched with a potpourri of painkillers in his piss. Which sucks because 2008 was a shitty year for him, and now 2009 is shot too. It’s getting harder and harder to remember the Karo that was kicking ass and taking names from 2004 – 2007, and I’m thinking the guy that got suspended today ain’t the same dude from then. But we can all hope that rather than spiral into a depressive state, Karo takes the time to rehab his body and mind so he can return to form for 2010. Fingers crossed!