(Editor's note: Jeremy Bjornberg traveled to Iowa to cover the Bellator event for Minnesota MMA News. He also manages Jordan Parsons, so he provided a first-hand look inside Parsons' Bellator debut)
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Jordan Parsons is not only the current Driller Promotions lightweight champion, he is also the former CFA champion, a belt he won by winning an eight-man $20,000 tournament for undefeated fighters.
Parsons is a native of Michigan, a kid who moved to North Dakota first, then Minnesota and now California to achieve his dream of becoming world champion.
We have been in this business a long time and I have no closer friends than Jordan, so it’s hard to be unbiased in that I feel he can and will reach that goal.
A few months ago when Jordan received his deal, he immediately packed up to head to Alliance MMA in Chula Vista, Calif., to train under the tutelage of Eric Del Fierro and amongst Myles Jury, Dominick Cruz, Jeremy Stephens, Phil Davis and Paul Bradley at the best MMA gym in the world. It’s that kind of commitment that really gets fighters to the top.
Jordan’s debut Bellator fight was at 155, though he will be campaigning at 145 in future fights. His opponent was 30-fight veteran Tim Bazer, who has a win over Travis Perzynski.
Parsons came out testing Bazer's standup with a few exchanges before shooting for an easy double-leg 30