As reported last week, UFC President Dana White stated that welterweight Karo Parisyan will never again fight in the UFC after his last minute withdrawal from his scheduled bout with Dustin Hazelett at UFC 106. Parisyan had cited his inability to pay a $32,000 fine as to why he couldn’t compete.
“There’s a lot of problems going on. They won’t re-license me unless I (expletive) pay them,” Parisyan told MMAWeekly.com. “I had to pay the $32,000 fine in order to fight. I never paid because I never had the money. I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back.”
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director, Keith Kizer, refutes the Armenian’s explanation. According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, Kizer and Parisyan came to an agreement weeks ago where Parisyan would pay $16,000 of his salary for the fight. If he won, he would pay the remaining $16,000 from his win bonus, otherwise he would pay the remaining $16,000 after his next fight.
Kizer went on to say that after they agreed to those terms, Parisyan called the commission and asked what he could take without being suspended after suffering a leg injury. Kizer told him that he could take Tylenol or Acetaminophen, or have his doctor contact the commission doctor to come to an agreement on what he could legally use. Parisyan nor his doctor ever ended up contacting the commission again before the fight.
“Everything is over bro. I’m just going to go home. Everything is (expletive) up. I’ve got to think about what I’m going to do for my career,” Parisyan said. “I’ve got to think about what I want to do as far as fighting goes.”
White awarded Hazelett, Parisyan’s scheduled opponent at UFC 106, his entire purse and win bonus despite not having to compete.
“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!!,” White Tweeted before the event. “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.”
This is the second time Parisyan has backed out of a scheduled bout on short notice. Parisyan had claimed a back injury prevented him from facing Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 88. Parisyan returned at UFC 94 this past January, where he earned a debatable split decision win over Dong Hyun Kim. The win was taken away after he tested positive for a number of painkillers including Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone, which earned him a nine-month suspension and $32,000 fine. The bout with Hazelett was to be his first since serving his suspension.