The untimely death of up-and-coming Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons on May 4 had a ripple effect on the entire mixed martial arts community, sending out waves which reached the man who was scheduled to fight Parsons just two weeks after the hit-and-run accident which claimed his life, Adam Piccolotti.
Piccolotti had spent weeks thinking about Parsons, whom he was supposed to fight on May 14 in San Jose, the way future fighters often think about future opponents: This was the man standing in my way. This is a person on whom I have to inflict physical damage before he does it to me.
In the blink of an eye, those thoughts were gone, as Piccolotti instead found himself pondering the fragility of life itself.
“It was really tough,” the Northern California-based lightweight contender told MMAFighting.com. “Obviously it was far tougher on his friends and families and teammates, but to have that happen to someone that young, around my age, knowing he was trying to build his life the same way I am, that led to a lot of sleepless nights. I’d lie awake in bed trying to make sense of it all.”
Piccolotti, however, persevered, and in the process, managed to mark himself as a fighter to watch. Given a new Bellator 154 opponent in Ray Wood, Piccolotti won via rear-naked choke in the opening round, upping his record to 8-0.
“It was almost like I had to shut my brain off and go on autopilot in order to get through it all,” Piccolotti said. “There was so much to process, from what happened to Jordan, to adjusting to a new opponent, and all that. “At the end of the day I had to remind myself that I still had my goals to focus on, that I can only control ….View full article
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