Three days after being struck by an SUV in Florida, Jordan Parsons (pictured) has died. Bellator MMA’s up-and-coming featherweight was only 25 years old.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons,” Bellator president Scott Coker expressed in Wednesday’s 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.”
Parsons was walking in a crosswalk when a silver Range Rover Sport (2012 or 2013) struck him at 12:35 a.m. Sunday morning. The car fled the scene and left the severely injured Parsons laying in the road.
Investigators believe Parsons was wearing headphones and that’s why he didn’t hear the car coming.
Parsons, who trains with the Blackzilians out of Boca Raton, had his entire right leg amputated, but his organs were still failing him. Glenn Robinson, Parsons’ manager, told MMA reporter Ariel Helwani Monday that Parsons’ heart was only working at 20 percent and needed heart surgery.
The Delray Beach Police Department are seeking the public’s help to bring the driver into custody. The Range Rover is missing its driver-side mirror and there is damage to the driver’s side headlight and bumper area.
Parsons owned a 11-2 professional record. “Pretty Boy” was slated to fight on Bellator’s May 14 event.