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Karo Parisyan tests positive for pain killers following UFC 94 bout

The Nevada State Athletic Commission notified on Tuesday that UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan tested positive for pain killers following his UFC 94 split decision victory against Dong Hyun Kim last month at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

According to NSAC, unacceptable levels of Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone were all detected in Parisyan’s system.

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two of the naturally-occurring opiates codeine and thebaine. It is marketed, in its varying forms, under a number of trademarks, including Vicodin, Symtan, Anexsia, Dicodid, Hycodan (or generically Hydromet), Hycomine, Hycet, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Novahistex, Hydrovo, Duodin, Kolikodol, Orthoxycol, Mercodinone, Synkonin, Norgan, and Hydrokon. Depending on its form and toxicity, Hydrocodone can be used as a narcotic.

Hydromorphone is a potent centrally-acting analgesic drug of the opioid class; it is a derivative of morphine, specifically a hydrogenated ketone thereof—therefore a semi-synthetic drug and both an opiate and a true narcotic.

Oxymorphone is related to morphine in the same fashion that oxycodone is to codeine, is derived from thebaine, and is approximately 6–8 times more potent than morphine. It differs from morphine in its effects all other things being equal in that it generates more euphoria, but less itching and other histamine effects. Depending on the individual patient, it can be either more or less nausea- and vomit-inducing than morphine.

Parisyan will likely be called before the commission and could face both a fine and a suspension. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer also indicated to Five Ounces of Pain that Parisyan’s win over Kim could potentially be ruled a no contest.

  • Dayzah says:

    That sucks for Karo … He should have just stuck with xanex .

  • kidneybeans says:

    I thought Kim won that fight anyway, best outcome for Kim I would think would be for it to be called a no contest.

    I wonder what Karo was taking this for? It doesn’t sound like a performance enhancer but I don’t really know. Perhaps this would be catergorized under drugs of abuse. By the looks of things most of those wouldn’t do too much in the way of helping you during a fight.

  • mu_shin says:

    Beans: Opiate pain killers are definitely not performance enhancing in the same way that steroids or growth hormone would be considered, as they do not enhance a fighter’s strength or endurance. Drugs like methamphetamine or cocaine are able to enhance stamina and focus, but narcotics do exactly the opposite.

    The only reason athletes use pain killers is to allow them to practice their sport without constant pain. Bodybuilders use Nubain and other narcotics to allow them to push their joints into the growth zone, as steroids strengthen muscles, but do not affect soft tissue like cartilage and ligaments. Brett Favre was addicted to pain killers for years, just to get out on the field and play with all the nagging bumps and bruises, as well as accumulated injuries over the years of playing quarterback in the NFL.

    Most likely Karo Parisyan was dealing with a chronic injury of some sort, and used pain killers to allow him to train and to fight. The danger there is all opiate pain killers are physically addictive, and are also subject to abuse, as they induce a euphoric high in higher doses. As a profesional, Parisyan will have to deal with the consepquences of using banned substances, and will most likely face fines and possibly suspension.

  • Angry Mike says:

    If the meds were related to injury, perhaps he’s still feeling the effects of the torn hamstring that was discussed during the fight. Rogan and Goldberg pointed out that physical signs of the tear were still visible, and that Karo’s use of the particular leg (can’t remember which one) was impaired.

  • CubanLinx69 says:

    well he has been suffering from plenty of injuries


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