Ben Parrish is happy to continue playing the lead killer role.
A 6-1 underdog against the much-vaunted Christian Edwards last September at Bellator 266, it took just 38 seconds for Parrish (5-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) to score one of the biggest upheavals of 2021 when he triggered Edwards with a big knockdown left in his promotional debut.
Now, “Big Tuna” will have the opportunity to shut down another prospect when he takes on Ryan Bader’s protege Sullivan Cauley (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) at Bellator 273 on January 29 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix.
“I know what I’m getting myself into here,” Parrish told MMA Junkie. “I don’t want to sell him too high or too short, but he’s a varsity wrestler, he’s got hands, he’s really fast, athletic, powerful. Like I said, I know he’s not about to stop. It’s going to be one of those war fights, and I’m ready to do it and keep going. If they want me to kill all the leads they have, I will.
While it took Parrish less than a minute to send Edwards off, the Mississippi native expects a drawn-out battle against Cauley.
“This one is going to be a battle, I would say,” Parrish said. “A lot of people don’t think so. They think I’ll knock him out when I touch him. It could happen, but at the end of the day you see me (shows bruising on face). I just know what I’m getting into, so I’ll be ready.