Yesterday was a sad day for the MMA community as BellatorMMA fighter Jordan Parsons passed away after a harrowing hit and run accident Sunday, May 1st at 12:30 am in Delray Beach, Florida. The driver cowardly fled the scene in a Silver 2012 or 2013 Range Rover Sport. According to Delray Beach Police Department, the 25-year-old Parsons was crossing Federal Highway at Lindell Boulevard when he was struck by the SUV. Delray Beach police officer, Derek Chahine responded immediately to the call and used an emergency blanket to apply pressure to Parsons’ leg, to try and save his life at the crash scene. Sadly, Doctors at Delray Medical Center had to amputate part of his leg due to the severe damage. Before his death, Jordan had spent the past few days in a coma and endured several surgeries.
Police spokeswoman Dani Moschella said the hit and run investigation is ongoing. “We are missing the crucial puzzle piece of finding the driver,” she said. “Right now, we don’t know exactly what happened that led to the crash. We urge the driver to contact us to give us his side of the story. Police ask anyone with information on the Land Rover or incident to call Officer Dan Cramer at 561-243-7800 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477). You can also text firstname.lastname@example.org. Crime stoppers have offered a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to an arrest.
Parsons was a well loved, and respected athlete who trained with the Blackzillians in Boca Raton, Florida. The reaction was swift from both teammates and competitors as the news traveled on social media.
Bellator President Scott Coker released this statement shortly after confirming the tragic news that Parsons had passed away:
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons. Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man. Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates.”
Blackzilians Josh Husak released this statement:
The Blackzilians are absolutely devastated over the loss of brother, teammate and friend Jordan Parsons. Words can’t describe our sadness. The events surrounding this week have completely rocked our world. We will miss him incredibly. We have pledged to Jordan’s mother and family that we will do everything in our power to bring the person(s) responsible for this to justice.” Please help this family by donating to GoFundMe.com/Jordan Parsons
Neil Melanson (Parsons’ Coach) to ESPN:
“Jordan was a guy of great character, amazing work ethic, 100 percent committed to trying to be. We met out in San Diego and hit it off. When I took the job at Blackzilians, he moved here. There aren’t too many fighters willing to follow a coach like that. He was an athlete, a hard worker and he had a great attitude.”
Blackzilians teammate and friend Anthony Johnson tweeted:
“Its a 3 ring circus here working the phones sorry Jordan I’m so so so sorry bro… We miss you already! Say hi to my pop for me and all of the other legends in heaven. Keep that smile glowing. Rest In Paradise Jordan.”
Blackzilians teammate and friend Bubba Jenkins tweeted:
“Twitter doesn’t give enough characters 2 really express the impact the loss of @PrettyBoyMMA_JP has on the MMA community. #R.I.PPRETTYBOY”
“My day and mind is all kinds of jacked up. The @blackzillians lost a soldier, @brandongirtzmma lost a brother, @BellatorMMA lost a superstar.”
Parsons, an up and coming superstar turned professional in October 2010 after assembling a 3-0 record as an amateur. He went undefeated in his first tour of bouts before signing with Championship Fighting Alliance. Jordan made his Bellator debut against Tim Bazer on April 18, 2014, at Bellator 117. He won the fight via knockout, just four seconds into the 2nd round. During the bout, Parsons did suffer a torn meniscus, which sidelined him until 2015. Parsons signed a six-fight deal with the promotion, then returned to featherweight and faced Julio Cesar Neves, who was undefeated with a record of 30-0, at Bellator 137 on May 15, 2015. Jordan defeated Cesar via submission due to an arm-triangle choke in the 3rd round, handing the Brazillian his first loss.
He was scheduled to face Adam Picolotti at Bellator 154 on May 14th, 2016.
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