Get to know Dana White’s Contender Series fighter Josh Parisian

Las Vegas – The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 3, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.

The third episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US. ESPN+ is available through the ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com or the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more. Fans can sign up for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, with no contract required.

NAME: Josh Parisian
NICKNAME: None
WEIGHT CLASS: Heavyweight
AGE: 31 years old – 6/28/89
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-4, 265
REACH: 80”
LEG REACH: –
STANCE: Orthodox
BIRTHPLACE: Martinsburg, WV
FIGHTING OUT OF: Escanaba, MI
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: English
STYLE: Striker
TRAINER: James Gray
STRENGTHS: Moves exceptionally well for a heavyweight. I’ve never quit in a fight
TRAINING: Morning martial arts: jiu-jitsu/mitt work. Evening martial arts: jiu-jitsu/MMA
Strength and conditioning is mostly nervous system training. Speed of sport
PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 12-3
TUF 28
On episode 5, Parisian was stopped by Michel Batista via strikes at 2:10 of the second round
DWCS 2
Episode 3 (6/26/18) Parisian knocked out Greg Rebello at 1:31 of the first round

Q&A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in 2010 to build confidence, but ended up being talked into a fight and have loved it ever since.

What titles have you held? None

Do you have any heroes? No, I feel putting anyone on a pedestal makes it seem as though I can’t obtain the same achievements.

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It would finally be the reward of every drop of sweat and blood I’ve spilled and every sacrifice I’ve made.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Bay Community College. Went for CAD, but quit college to fight.

What was your job before you started fighting? Construction

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Seven amateur belts

Favorite grappling technique: Whizzer sweep

Favorite Striking technique: Leg kick

Twitter account name: @joshparisian

Facebook account: parisianMMA

Instagram account: @parisianMMA

OTHER KEY POINTS:

  • Pro since 2014
  • On five-fight winning streak
  • Nine wins by KO, two by submission (Triangle, keylock)
  • Seven first round finishes
  • Has 2-0 pro boxing record

Q&A Courtesy of the UFC

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