The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday upheld Karo Parisyan’s positive test for banned painkillers, issuing the UFC welterweight a nine-month suspension, fining him $32,000, and changing his January victory over Dong Hyun Kim to a no contest.
Parisyan tested positive for Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, and Oxymorphone following his split-decision win over Kim at UFC 94 on January 31st.
The ruling is the latest setback for the former contender Parisyan, who was forced out of a November matchup with Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the last minute due to a severe back injury. “The Heat” claimed to have informed the commission prior to the drug test that he had used the painkillers, which were prescribed to treat lingering pain from the back injury, but the NSAC disputed his claims, voting unanimously to uphold the test and issue Parisyan a nine-month suspension.
Parisyan nearly failed to be cleared for the contest due to a prescription taken for anxiety and panic attacks, causing the UFC to have a replacement on hand should he be forced out of the fight. However, “The Heat” was ultimately permitted to compete, earning a close decision victory.