Preston Parsons on House of Fame Opponent Mike Perry: “I Feel I’ll Beat Him Everywhere.”
By Keith Harmon
On Friday, July 10, undefeated Ludus MMA fighter Preston Parsons (2-0) steps into the cage against “Platinum” Mike Perry in the main event of House of Fame: Riverside Beatdown, which streams on GFL from Jacksonville, Fla.
Prior to the fight, I had the chance to talk with him about his upcoming fight and his thoughts on an opponent whom he feels is doing a bit too much trash talking. Parsons said he would rather not engage in that type of behavior, and just step into the cage and fight.
Keith Harmon: How did you get into MMA?
Preston Parsons: I’ve always been into fighting since I was really young. I started watching the Rocky movies a long time ago. That’s what got me into it. A bunch of my buddies were into wrestling and I decided to come to an MMA school and give it a shot.
KH: You’re turning 20 in the next few days. How do you think starting MMA at a young age has helped you?
PP: I think it’s going to make my career a little bit longer. I started training at Ludus MMA when I was 16. I’ve been there for almost four years.
KH: This is your first time headlining a card. Are there any pre fight jitters or nerves?
PP: Not too much. My manager got me main event for a lot of my amateur fights.
KH: I watched the Marc Graham fight. I was really impressed by your submission skills. He had you in a bit of trouble. However, you were able to submit him with an arm bar in under a minute. What are your thoughts on that?
PP: That was a really good fight of mine. To be honest I felt the arm bar there and I went for it. It was a good fight that.
KH: Florida is becoming a hotspot for MMA. How did you come to be in Florida?
PP: I’ve lived in Jacksonville Beach my entire life. Lived in the same house, the whole nine yards.
KH: Since you plan to have a long career in MMA, how long do you plan to stay in the fight world?
PP: Until my goals are met. I want to win the UFC belt and defend it a few times. Whenever time feels right, but not anytime soon.
KH: How close do you think you are to the UFC?
PP: I’m not quite sure. I think after a few more fights. I may have a shot, but whenever my coaches and manager tells me is best. My manager sets all that up for me.
KH: Any coaches or training partners at Ludus who have helped with your progression?
PP: My head coach and manager Billy Mitchell. I have the best wrestling coach Caleb Pelletier he’s really helped me. I have a really good boxing coach Nate Campbell, who was a world champion at one time. My Muay Thai coach Mekenna Mulhern. We have a lot of good guys that come in and out. We have guys that come in just to spar with me. We have a pretty good group.
KH: You’re fighting at 155. When you were an amateur were you fighting at 155 or were going up and down in weight?
PP: I’ve been at 155 since I started my amateur career. My next fight is a catch weight at 160.
KH: Are you happy that you don’t have to cut an additional five pounds?
PP: That’s good for me. I cut quite a bit of weight.
KH: Thoughts on your opponent Mike Perry?
PP: He’s done a lot of trash talk leading up to the fight. He’s definitely a tough opponent.
KH: Do you think he’s talking a big game? Have you done any trash talking against him?
PP: Not exactly. I’m not too big on trash talking. We’ll fight on July 10th. He’s definitely a good opponent, and it’s going to be a good fight.
KH: I’m a big movie fan myself. Was it just Rocky, or were there any other fight movies that influenced your career?
PP: The Rocky movies – those are my favorites. I really liked The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. Mostly growing up it was Rocky – the first five (films). Watching them over and over again.
KH: Are you excited for the Creed spinoff about Apollo Creed’s son that Sylvester Stallone is making?
PP: Yes, that movie looks good. I’m definitely going to see that when it comes to theatres.
KH: Anything you want to add?
PP: I’ve been training really hard for this fight. My coach always looks for tough opponents and we got Mike Perry. He’s a tough guy, but he’s mostly just a boxer. I feel like I have better stand up and grappling. I feel I’ll beat him everywhere but he’s definitely a good opponent.