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Exclusive: Karo Parisyan forced to pull out of UFC 106 due to addiction to pain killers

karo_parisyanDana White dropped the bombshell earlier this afternoon via his Twitter account, twelve-time Octagon veteran Karo Parisyan has been cut from the UFC due to his having pulled out of his anticipated UFC 106 welterweight clash with Dustin Hazelett.

According to White, “Pulled out of the fight the day before weigh ins again with a laundry list of excuses!!! Let the press ask karo why! Let him explain.”

Well has had the opportunity to ask why.

Longtime friend and training partner to Karo, along with being the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor down at Xtreme Couture, Neil Melanson recently received Parisyan’s blessing to clear the air regarding the circumstances surrounding his recent withdraw from Saturday evening’s card.

Karo Parisyan has suffered from a brutal battle with an addiction to pain-killers for some time now. The Armenian born Judo specialist was first introduced to the widely addictive drugs following a severe hamstring injury sustained training for a scheduled welterweight title clash with Matt Hughes that never came to fruition. A long series of injuries following the injury that prevented what would have been the biggest fight of his career has created the monster that currently haunts Karo today.

Check back with shortly as we will have a much more expansive explanation of the details surrounding Karo’s removal from UFC 106 as explained through close friend Neil Melanson in the coming hours.

  • Dufresne says:

    As sad as it is to see a fighter fall to addiction, this is not an excuse of any sort.
    This is not the first time he’s had problems with pain killers and it’s not like he doesn’t have the money to seek professional help. To make matters worse he knew he was taking them, knew he would fail a post fight drug screen, and backed out the day before so that there was no way to reschedule an opponent for Dustin. That’s just low class and I’m not at all sad to see him go.

    Way to throw away potential Karo.

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  • sensiman says:

    What a bummer I was looking foward to watching this fight.

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  • nate says:

    karo has the worst case of what could have been. real class act knowing all along you were going to waste the time and money of the people who forgave your little indescretions from before only to give you another chance only to throw it in their faces but also your opponent who now trained for nothing and misses out on sponsor money because you cant admit your flaws..even now you have your trainer admit it for you? such a coward always full of excuses and always fails to live up to his potential. get well karo.

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  • nate says:

    ill be the first to say it..does anyone else feel bad for dana? this man is having a ROUGH two months lately during what seems to be a big wave of public exposure to mma. with ALL these fights being dropped and everyone injured all but one champ is out..the HW champion was thought to be permanently karos opiate problem is more negative news about the ufc…these two months were supposed to be like the best fights in a row. now its all gone..reed harris and dana need to talk bad. promote the hell out of aldo and bowles and fold already! sorry for my dana love rant.

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  • sexy-yama says:

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  • sexy-yama says:

    i hope he gets better soon too

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  • STLfightfan says:

    hopefully Karo will FINALLY get the help he needs to beat this addiction. Either that or he will continue to tailspin. My Brother is an addict, and the reason that he finally got help was because he exhausted all of his resources and hit rock bottom and was humiliated. Once Mom and Dad washed their hands, and he realized he had no where to go, it was sink or swim time. I thank God he chose rehab or I am sure he would be dead by now. KARO if by chance you are reading this, you still have some fans that just want you to get better whether you are fighting or not. Don’t keep putting yourself through this.

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  • nate says:

    sexy-ama – contrary to popular beliefs marijuana is not physically addicting what so ever. laziness, lack of motivation and a mild euphoria with a penchant for good food are the effects of grass. whereas meth users can exhibit symptoms of some withdrawl NOTHING but opiates (painkillers etc) are EXTREMELY addictive. you can be addicted easily from one perscription and taking them for months at a time due to a serious injury can easily lead to a physical addiction where one doesn’t feel “normal” without taking them. it isn’t necessary to get high because they are a dope junkie looking for a high rather he had a doctor who knew better keep prescribing them because he liked the feeling but after a while he needed them just feel himself again. it’s an awful cycle that I learned alot about from family experience. it can happen to anyone. prescription abuse in particular is due to overzealous Dr.s who don’t mind giving them out just to get more money out of insurers. I’m sorry to rant about drugs on an mma forum but I felt this was an approriate topic to maybe educate a bit on the dangers of prescription drugs and how your not a junkie and a scumbag who uses needles because he takes pills that have a use but started to ABuse.

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  • nate hit the nail on the head.

    If you are battling personal demons, don’t accept a fight and if you do, don’t bail out TWO days before the event.

    No sympathy for Karo. I hope he gets the help he needs but I don’t care to ever see him fight again.

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  • Dufresne says:

    sexy-yama: y would u wanna be popping them everyday or so forth ne1 got experience in popping them and want to explain plz

    Pain killers can be very addicting. It’s not just that they relieve pain, they can give a general state of euphoria and can actually cause hallucinations. Having had extensive surgeries in the past I will say that the feeling while on hydrocodone is a nice one, and I can understand why and how people become addicted. I cannot however condone it.

    As much as Karo’s actions disgust me as far as his lack of concern for not just himself, but his opponent, his organization, his gym, and his family, I do wish him well if he is truly trying to fight this addiction.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Not only are they addictive, opiates also make people bug-ass crazy. Karo’s conduct isn’t surprising. And that’s an explanation, not an excuse.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    i guess dana shoved those pills in his mouth,
    you know what this is not the first time he has done this and i do feel for this guy but come on. he knew he wasnt going to pass any kind of test so why wait so long? seriously what was the plan????
    im not hateing on the guy. really. i wont him to get some help. but there is a choice when you have to know when the jig is up. and that was 3 to 4 weeks ago

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  • MMA-LOGIC: By the way has anyone seen The Smashing Machine about Kerr. They ruined his life and career so if Karo is addicted he should be given as much respect as Lesnar for his illness. Addiction is not a persons choice anymore so it becomes something that you have little or no control over. Instead of just chucking him out of the UFC and completely destroying the guys life, I would like to think that the UFC and Uncle Fester tried hard to help. Did they? even if they did Dana has gone the wrong way about this. But it is Dana and he should be cut himself. HE IS NO GOOD FOR MMA…anymore.

    Waiting until 48 hours before the event doesn’t sound like a guy who admits he has a problem and will willingly seek help.

    He SCREWED the UFC, why should the UFC help him out? And who knows what would have happened if he came to Dana and Zuffa brass months ago and admitted his addiction? Maybe they would have helped or maybe they would have cut their losses. Thing is, we won’t know because Karo decided to be selfish.

    Karo has gone off the deep end. You do realize Cory spoke with Karo’s friend and training partner who Karo gave the blessing of breaking the addiction news only to have Karo deny these allegations to Josh Gross, right?

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    By the way some people who would never even steal a lolly pop before addiction will sell their mother for a fix when in full blown addiction. . I have seen guys from school that wouldn’t hurt a fly and are pretty straight laced become liars and thieves because of addiction, they are still the same person but whatever has them hooked has them doing things that they normally wouldn’t dream of doing.

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  • Jeez. MMA-LOGIC, come off it. You hate Dana White, we get it.

    But Karo acted completely and utterly selfish. Yes, he might be addicted. And should that be the case, yes, he should get help.

    But you don’t go about it by dropping off a PPV fight two days before the event.

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  • bigbadjohn says:

    agreed Sergio. Karo should have had the decency to remove himself from the fight with enough time for Dustin to find a new dancing partner. Sad state of affairs for Karo, no less

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  • Vogairian says:

    Logic, It’s amazing the stuff you’ll say to bash Dana and the UFC. I’d say the UFC did their part by trying to give him multiple chances at reneweing his career and I have a good feeling that if he came to them a month or two ago and came clean and asked for help he’d have gotten it. Karo I’m sure has the means to check himself into rehab and I have no idea if he’s done it before or not, but clearly that’s what he needs to do if he’s going to beat this. You can only screw a company over so many times before they are going to wash their hands of you and it seems like this might be the situation.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Yeah I hate him but I think it is for good reason. It is not because our star signs clash I just think the dude smells. I do go too far though sometimes. But how many other sporting reps have F**** 50 times in an interview, I don’t think he should be sacked but he should take a few steps back out of the lime light that HE is so addicted to.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Vog If you are addicted to something the last thing you want to do is go to rehab and be deprived of whatever it is you are addicted to, you are more likely to lie to yourself and others and deny that you have a problem. it is not just a shot at the UFC it is how I feel. Which a lot of the time is against the UFC. If I see something that I don’t like about the UFC I’m gonna tell you about it.

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  • Vogairian says:

    MMA-LOGIC: Vog If you are addicted to something the last thing you want to do is go to rehab and be deprived of whatever it is you are addicted to, you are more likely to lie to yourself and others and deny that you have a problem. it is not just a shot at the UFC it is how I feel. Which a lot of the time is against the UFC. If I see something that I don’t like about the UFC I’m gonna tell you about it.

    If he has a problem (which is clear) and refuses to admit/do anything, what do you expect the UFC to do? You’ve just pointed out why what your saying is nothing but sensless UFC bashing.

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  • bigbadjohn says:

    Dana gives the fighter’s the opportunity of a lifetime. If they can’t get their shit together in time to take that opportunity then you don’t deserve it. And if you pull out of a fight with a reason which you’ve known has existed weeks before you are not only shitting on that opportunity but also the fans and in this case the man who is giving you a second chance. With all the injury hooplah of late I would have blasted this guys ass just like Dana did. In fact, Dana’s lack of “tact” is probably much more eye-opening and hopefully helpful to Karo in the long run. This is the era of Twitter and Facebook where opinions can fly off the cuff the minute they’re digested. I’m sure Dana wishes Karo personally nothing but the best but he’s set an example for the future. Dana’s hard but he’s fair. Would everyone just get used to that!

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  • GassedOut says:

    Wow, that’s bad news. I wondered what had changed about Karo’s attitude. He seemed to get a lot more belligerent after his hamstring injury. That is one of the side effects of addiction of any kind (including gambling and cigarrettes by the way).

    I have to say this is a really delicate situation for Karo. Sure, he deserved to get turfed, and in the long run, it will be of more help than hurt (it’s that “rock bottom” you hear referenced so often in this context). But when addiction happens, it’s rarely as “logical” as it is to normal people for the addict. He doesn’t have the ability to make logical choices. I really hope he gets the help he needs. Karo, I don’t know if you read this stuff, but if by some chance you do, get some help, brother. There’s no shame. You want to get better, right? Look man, I’ve got a sister that had an addiction to crack. We went through hell, but she got better. Now she has a job, a man, a new baby, and her life is really turning around. Contrary to popular myth, you don’t have to hit rock bottom, but you can’t fix what you don’t admit to. Bro, get help. Everyone will get behind you and help then. Your other choice is the grave man…no one wants that. Seriously.

    What really sucks for me is that we don’t get to see Dustin Hazlet fight. I did like the idea of putting him with Mike and Joe at the announce table. Maybe them doing that will a) compensate for his sponsorship loss of revenue (Karo should be doing that, but he won’t) and b) let everyone know he’s still kicking!

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Reading through some of these posts about White and UFC and how they’re handling Karo’s issues is fascinating. White definitely goes too far with his comments sometimes, but it doesn’t really bother me. MMA is a sport based on the individual. A successful fighter has to work like hell to learn the necessary skills and to maintain the necessary level of conditioning. When they step into the Octagon, there’s no room for politics or hype. Either a fighter has the goods or he doesn’t.

    White isn’t a fighter, but he’s definitely like-minded in the sense that he’s a strong personality and a maverick. Those types of people are focused on their goals, not on the feelings of others. Maybe that’s a weakness sometimes, but it’s also the key to their success.

    Furthermore, all day long I listen to people in a business environment who are terrified that they’ll say something truthful but in a way that’s perceived as insensitive, intolerant, or politically incorrect. Turn on the television and watch elected officials bend over backwards to avoid telling hard truths for the same reason. Maybe Clint Eastwood had a point when he said in a recent interview that our obsession with feelings has turned us into a nation of pussies, especially when compared to the World War II era.

    And what is UFC’s obligation to Karo? UFC is a business that promotes and shows fights for its customers. It gives fighters a world-wide stage to display their skills. If particular fighters have the necessary skill and discipline, they can achieve fame and fortune. In other words, UFC provides fighters with an opportunity. UFC isn’t a fighter’s mommy, and if fighters do stupid, self-destructive things for whatever reason, they are the ones who bear the consequences. Once again, the sport is based upon individual effort and individual excellence. Maybe it’s cold, but it’s also pure, and that’s the way I like it.

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