MMAWeekly has more info on the Karo Parisyan situation. Apparently he disclosed his use of painkillers to NSAC inspectors AFTER the fight but failed to disclose on the pre-fight forms:
A distraught Parisyan told MMAWeekly.com, "I told (the commission) ‘listen, by the way, if pain pills come positive, I have prescription, I told you.' They said, ‘no problem, as long as you have a prescription for it, and it's like a pain pill, it's not a big deal.'
Kizer received a copy of the prescription the following week, but disputes Parisyan's recollection of the post-fight conversation.
"I mean, I wasn't back there, but that's nothing we'd say," said Kizer.
"It's up for the commission to decide," said Kizer. "I don't think so, but it's up for the commission to decide. You can't wait till after the fight, when they're about to urinate in the cup, and say ‘oh, by the way, I took a prohibited substance yesterday.' That's what it sounds like happened here, but we'll give him his chance to explain to the full commission."
Karo's explanations so far don't inspire much confidence in his chances with the commission:
"I did not even think about any of that stuff," he said. "I was just thinking about my fight, and my anxiety and how I'm going to walk in the cage. I had so many problems in my head. I didn't even think I should write - I was just doing it fast, fast, fast, just to get out there and weigh in and fight. I completely forgot about all this stuff.
"When he asked me after the fight, my mind was calm, my body was calm, and I was thinking about the urine test. They say I didn't say it before, and I know that's my mistake. They can't hold that against me. I didn't kill anybody. I even told the main guy. He said, ‘Karo, as long as you didn't take anabolic drugs, or cocaine, or any of that crazy stuff, you should be fine as long as you've got the prescription.'"
Parisyan also talked about his training plans for his possible match against Josh Koscheck at UFC 98:
"They better not do anything to screw that up," said Parisyan. "I'm gonna go beyond training for this fight. The deal is, I couldn't travel because of my anxiety. I would go crazy in hotel rooms and et cetera, so all kinds of reasons. But now, thank God, I'm fine. I can travel and I can train. And that's what I'm shooting for, I want to travel and train with St. Pierre and my original camp, with Greg Jackson, and I'll be in the best shape of my life. I guarantee that. I'm not (expletive) around no more. Everything that I was (expletive) around with, no more."
I've never made a secret of being a big Karo fan. I'm a sucker for the flashy judo throws and his epic bouts with Diego Sanchez, Nick Diaz and Georges St. Pierre, not to mention his demolition of Nick Thompson are the kinds of performances I will long remember. But it does seem that our boy has gotten himself into more than a bit of a fix.
Its also frustrating to see Karo's difficulty in grasping the situation he's in. His line "They better not do anything to screw that up" referring to the commission and his possible bout with Josh Koschek is telling -- Karo is still blaming other people for his problems and talking about how he's going to train really really hard NEXT time.
Hopefully Karo will get a fair hearing, get the time to heal his injuries and get his head together. I also hope the UFC will stand by him through any suspension that may be handed down.
Even though his last couple of fights have been disappointing, I'm not ready to give up on Karo. He's young. He's talented. He's skilled. He's a very game and fearless fighter.
I look forward to seeing him fight again after he's resolved his problems with the NSAC. Hopefully he'll make some headway with his bigger and more intractable opponent -- himself.