Bellator featherweight fighter Jordan Parsons (11-2-0) died today as a result from injuries suffered from being left on the road at the scene after an alleged May 1st hit-and-run motor vehicle accident in Delray Beach, Florida.
Reports allege a 2012 or 2013 Land Rover Range Rover was involved. The leg of Parsons had to be amputated as well as an operation to remove his spleen.
RTIf you have info about a hit & run that occurred between 12 and 1:00 AM on May 1 at the corner of SW Federal & Lindell call 561-243-7800
— jordan parsons (@PrettyBoyMMA_JP) May 2, 2016
He was 25 years-old.
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“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons,” CEO Scott Coker said in a statement.
“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.”
The company released the following statement on its website:
Bellator has been informed of a terrible accident that occurred last night involving featherweight fighter Jordan Parsons, who was struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run incident. We are still in the process of uncovering details and with his family’s consent, hope to have an update on his medical condition soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jordan and his family as he recovers.
The hit-and-run occurred on Lindell Blvd. and South Federal Highway in Delray Beach, Florida. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Delray Beach Police Department at (561) 243-7800.
Advisor Mike Kogan took to Instagram:
Parsons a member of The Blackzillians, was booked to fight Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 154 in San Jose, California.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help defray expenses. As of this writing, $32,806 USD has been raised towards the $50,000 USD goal in three days.
RTJordan's family needs your help. Bring this person to justice. If you see this RR w/left side damage call DelrayPD pic.twitter.com/HgOfjtvC6I
— jordan parsons (@PrettyBoyMMA_JP) May 4, 2016
Many fans and personalities of the MMA community have expressed sadness and thoughts on social media.
Terrible news, the passing of Jordan Parsons. Was preparing for a showcase fight, and now gone. RIP. https://t.co/d5S60IROlN
— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) May 4, 2016
Thoughts and prayers go out to Jordan parsons family and friends. Hope they find justice for the coward that did this. #rip
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) May 4, 2016
RIP Jordan Parsons https://t.co/JQJQdOFcry
— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) May 4, 2016
Do something nice today and donate to Bellator's Jordan Parsons Medical Relief Fund https://t.co/9g6D5CsP6J
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) May 2, 2016