Welterweight prospect Jonny Parsons knew right away that fighting was the career for him. Struggling in school as a teenager, Parsons found a local gym to start training martial arts as a way of earning respect.
“I wasn’t the most academic you know in school but I knew right away, with my fighting ability that I can get respect,” Parsons told The Scrap. “If I really think about it, I think from the moment I stepped into the gym to train at 16 years old, the plan was to get into the UFC.”
Parsons (7-2) is set to face Solomon Renfro on October 19th as part of the Week 8 Contender Series event. The 30-year-old is a coach at the Vegas-based gym Syndicate MMA and gets to train with some top-level UFC talent on a regular basis. Aside from that, Parsons feels very confident about the style matchup.
“I feel like this is probably the best matchup the UFC could have given me as far as being able to showcase my ability,
Parsons explained. “I think his style is gonna is gonna make my style shine.”
Renfro (8-1) has knocked out his last two opponents but was submitted back in December to recent DWCS winner Mike Malott did so at CFFC 91. The 24-year-old hasn’t gone the distance in his last five fights, so don’t expect this matchup to hit the judge’s scorecards.
Parsons is expecting fireworks on October 19th and believes his fight style will lead to a UFC contract.
“I think you know, there are two ways he can come at me,” Parsons explained. “He comes at me guns blazing and I have an answer for that. And you know if he tries to go the more technical route and pick and poke. Try to strike more technically. I’m going to pick them apart thereto.”
DWCS: Week 8 takes place Oct. 19 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Strawweight prospect Valesca Machado (8-2) battles Piera Rodriguez (6-0) in the main event.