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post #1 of 104 (permalink) Old 11-19-2009, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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Karo camp admits he pulled out due to addiction to painkillers

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Dana 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 FiveOuncesofPain.com 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.
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It doesn't sound like a laundry list of excuses, it sounds like one legitimate one.

Hopefully he'll get the help he needs.

Weren't we just saying this last year, with him battling anxiety attacks?


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Damn. This sucks. I was trying to be optimistic before but now it's useless. Addiction to pain killers is not something to laugh about or bash him for. People get addicted to them all the time, and it's unfortunate that most people get addicted on accident just by having one or two prescriptions for a real problem.

Karo is still relatively young, and has a lot to learn. I hope he can get cleaned up, judo throw some fools in Strikeforce for a lil while, and maybe eventually get back to his full potential as a fighter. He's always been a favorite of mine and I wish him the best luck overcoming his addictions and anxiety issues as I can relate first hand to them. It's not fun.
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It doesn't sound like a laundry list of excuses, it sounds like one legitimate one.

Hopefully he'll get the help he needs.

Weren't we just saying this last year, with him battling anxiety attacks?
well of course this is a legitimate one, but he did not say that at the start...
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It doesn't sound like a laundry list of excuses, it sounds like one legitimate one.

Hopefully he'll get the help he needs.

Weren't we just saying this last year, with him battling anxiety attacks?
He already alluded to his addiction when he was suspended for 3 kinds of painkillers after Kim Dong-hyun fight (his initial statement for pulling out of this fight is he didn't have the money to pay that fine to the Athletic Comission). Yes, he talked about anxiety attacks when he pulled out of a fight at the last minute the first time. Karo seems to be struggling with a lot of issues for some time now, but that with his "arrogant" attitude that some have seen on his TUF appearances rubbed people the wrong way.

UFC president Dana White posted on his twitter account, “Karo Parisyan has (expletive) over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again! He will not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!”
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/ career, if true.

Painkillers aren't anything to shake a stick at. It'll take time, perseverance, and mental fortitude to beat this problem.

Add to that the financial issues w/ the NSAC, his anxiety issues, etc., and I don't see him coming back.
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Had the exact problem so I know what he is dealing with, the suspension should have been his wake up call.
It sucks, sucks bad but if you want to stop there are ways to get help and get well, if you really want to.
I wish he would have gotten help during his time off. Hope he does now.
That being siad he is one of my least favorite fighters but I wish on no man what he is in for because it is hell.
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Addiction to pain killers only requires the addictee to say no.

Karo is becoming the Steve Howe of mma.
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Addiction to pain killers only requires the addictee to say no.

Karo is becoming the Steve Howe of mma.
That's a bit of an oversimplification.


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That's a bit of an oversimplification.
Somewhat, but at some point it comes down to someone deciding to quit and getting themselves the help they need. Overcoming addiction isnt an easy road, but it starts with one simple choice. Karo clearly hasnt decided that he is ready to quit using drugs.
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