March 17, 2009

LAS VEGAS -- UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan was suspended on Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a positive drug test arising from his fight with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94. Three Schedule II drugs -- painkillers oxymorphone, hydromorphone, and hydrocodone -- were found in his system following the fight.

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."

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