Tragedy has struck the mixed martial arts community after it was revealed that Jordan Parsons had sadly passed away.
The Bellator fighter was just 25-years-old.
Parsons had been in hospital, fighting for his life, after being involved in a hit-and-run incident on Sunday. Unfortunately, he lost that battle last night.
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"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons," Bellator President Scott Coker said in a statement, via Sherdog.
"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."
Parsons was struck by a vehicle in Delray Beach, Fla. at the weekend and it was reported that he had to have a portion of his right leg amputated after the crash. The 25-year-old also had a splenectomy, where part or all of the spleen is removed after being damaged. He remained in critical condition until his death.
Born in Fargo, North Dakota, Parsons began his professional mixed martial arts career in 2010 at the age of 19 after going 3-0 as an amateur. He won his first seven fights and boasted an 11-2 career record before his passing.
He won the CFA featherweight championship in 2012 and the Driller Promotions lightweight championship in 2013.
Parsons had three matches in Bellator, winning his first two against Tim Bazer and Julio Cesar by knockout and submission, respectively, before losing to Bubba Jenkins on a split decision in November at Bellator 146.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Jordan Parsons at this sad time.
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