Bellator featherweight up-and-comer Jordan Parsons was struck by vehicle while walking home on May 1 in Delray Beach, Fla., suffering injuries that would inevitably take his life.
The 25-year-old promising talent succumbed to his injuries and passed away on the morning of May 4 at the Delray Medical Center.
Parsons dedicated his life to martial arts as a teenager. At 17 years old, “Pretty Boy” accepted his first amateur fight.
“I started when I was in high school in March 2008, and about a month later I took my first amateur fight,” Parsons told MMAWeekly.com in an interview in 2015.
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To fight, Parsons’ mother had to sign a permission slip. She did, and his MMA career was launched.
“I had to get three permission-slips signed by my mom to compete in three of my fights when I was an amateur,” he said.
Parsons’ mother played a pivotal role in his life. She made Jordan get a job during his high school years to instill work ethic.
“When I was in high school, I had to get a job. My mom kept telling me how I needed to prioritize McDonalds over going to the gym. I didn’t see it that way,” recalled Parsons.
Recognizing her son’s dedication to mixed martial arts, and his potential, his mother started to embrace Parsons’ MMA aspirations.
“Eventually, she started warming up to it,” he said. “It was just helping me with my regular life. I always loved to get into fight, and there’s a lot of bad ways to go about doing that. She liked the fact that I was in there doing it and staying out of trouble.”
Parsons made his professional debut in 2010 at the age of 19. In 2012, ….View full article