Josh Parisian


Mayes next up
October 11, 2021
Parisian is set to take on Don'Tale Mayes in a heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Dec. 18, Mike Heck of reports.
After picking up a pair of victories and earning a UFC contract via Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, Parisian has gone 1-1 under the UFC banner. He most recently took a split decision over Roque Martinez in June that many thought could have easily gone the other way. While the sample size is small, early returns show Parisian as a high-volume striker with 6.53 significant strikes landed per minute. That might be a challenge to keep up against Mayes, as Parisian will be at a two-inch disadvantage in both height and reach. Neither fighter has shown much of a grappling game to speak of, so on paper, it looks like this will play out on the feet.
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Controversial first UFC victory
June 19, 2021
Parisian defeated Roque Martinez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Parisian should be thanking his lucky stars (and the judges) that he walked out of the UFC Apex with a win. Parisian was outworked throughout the entirety of the fight, attempting just 186 total strikes compared to 309 from Martinez. Parisian also landed just 1-of-7 takedown attempts. He entered as the much bigger, longer man but didn't use his size to his advantage. If this fight was scored on the whole instead of round-by-round, Parisian would have been done. The Michigan native does possess legitimate power, but his cardio has proven to be poor and he lacks secondary offensive skills. Parisian, a product of Dana White's Contender Series, is now officially 1-1 in the UFC.
Facing Roque Martinez in June
March 3, 2021
Parisian is slated to face Roque Martinez in a heavyweight bout at the UFC's event on June 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Parisian lost to Parker Porter in his UFC debut last November, so June's event will provide him an opportunity to get back on track. He and Martinez are both looking to secure their first win with the promotion.
Cardio doesn't hold up in Vegas
November 28, 2020
Parisian lost to Parker Porter via unanimous decision (26-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Both men came out at a frantic pace, and while Parisian seemed to land a bit more volume in Round 1, Porter had his fair share of power shots as well. it was likely Parisian with the biggest moment when he landed a spinning backfist, but it didn't phase the fellow heavyweight much. Porter seemed a bit fresher in Round 2, but it was evident Parisian still had some power shots left. Nonetheless, Porter kicked his legs out once and recorded a takedown a couple minutes after. Porter advanced and attempted a keylock, but it didn't appear to phase Parisian, who simply was looking to catch his breath. Parisian ate a bit more ground-and-pound before getting back to his feet at the end of the frame. Exhausted and battered entering Round 3, Parisian landed a low blow early. After a brief stoppage the fight resumed, but Parisian didn't have enough energy left to do anything but throw labored, telegraphed shots. He should get major credit for still pressing forward, but Porter continued to pepper him with shots up to the final bell. The Contender Series product showed heart, but it appears he's far from ready for ranked UFC heavyweights.
Set for UFC debut
August 21, 2020
Parisian will fight Parker Porter in a heavyweight matchup on the UFC's Nov. 28 card, reports.
Parisian gained his entry into the promotion via a first-round KO of Chad Johnson in Dana White's Contender Series last week. It took no time to find his first fight within the promotion, with Parisian set to take on Porter, who lasted less than a round in his UFC debut last weekend. Parisian sports four-inch height and reach advantages over his opponent and is riding a six-fight winning streak into his debut.
First of four contracts
August 18, 2020
Parisian defeated Chad Johnson via TKO (strikes) at 3:43 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. After the telecast, he was awarded one of four official UFC contracts.
Parisian absorbed a few shots early when the fight was at a distance, but nothing appeared to phase him too much. Johnson unwisely went for a takedown when Parisian's back was against the fence, but Parisian used his size advantage to remain upright and push Johnson back. A big shot sent Johnson to the canvas, and Parisian quickly pounced, advancing to full mount. He finished the fight with some of the most brutal ground-and-pound shown on Contender Series this season. Parisian is just 31 years old, and Dana White wants to get him in the Performance Institute ASAP to begin a training regiment. With the right training, he could be an immediate threat to some of the lower-tier heavyweights.