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Bellator to honor Jordan Parsons with memorial scholarship fund


Bellator MMA has started the Jordan Parsons Scholarship Fund to honor the late fighter, the promotion announced Saturday.

As a result, Bellator will annually send a young wrestler to "The J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp," a favorite of Parsons'.

Parsons, a member of the Blackzilians fight team, died on May 4, three days after being struck by a driver while crossing the street in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 25 years old.

"Jordan Parsons was an integral part of the Bellator family and his devastating loss is one that we are all continuing to mourn," Bellator President Scott Coker said in a statement. "In collaborating with Jordan’s family, we are very proud to announce this scholarship program in his name. We are hopeful that the future recipients of this scholarship will be afforded a wrestling education and honor Parson’s name by embodying the passion and intensity that he had for this sport and life in general."

After a six-day search, local police arrested Dennis Wright in connection to the death of Parsons. He faces multiple charges, including leaving the scene of an accident causing death. His bond was set at $450,000.

Parsons, who had an 11-2 professional MMA record, was scheduled to fight at Bellator 154 on May 14. Blackzilians owner Glenn Robinson posted the following statement about him Saturday afternoon.

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