Instant fan-favorite, Ben “Big Tuna” Parrish returned to the Bellator cage last weekend against Sullivan Cauley. The fight, however, did not play out as Parrish had hoped. Following a first-round stoppage, it has left fans wondering what is next for the “Big Tuna?”
Parrish, a Bellator light-heavyweight, was rather unknown before he shocked the world by stopping light-heavyweight prospect Christian Edwards. This recent stardom gave Parrish the platform to become an advocate against bullying and spread his message of hope and anti-bullying to the world.
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) September 19, 2021
For someone who may not have the physique that most consider is needed to be a high-level professional mixed martial artist, Parrish has been bullied online simply for following his dream. Following the upset win at Bellator 266 in San Jose, California, Parrish really leaned into his advocacy against bullying whether it be online, at school, or anywhere else.
Following Bellator 273 this last weekend, however, Parrish suffered a loss that left fans wondering where he goes from here. Given his recent consideration of retirement before getting the call from Bellator last year, it now seems like he is ready to go all-in to make his way to a championship fight.
After some rest and recovery, it would be great to see the Big Tuna return in the Bellator cage against someone also coming off a loss in Simon Biyong. Another great option could be a match-up between Ben “Big Tuna” Parrish and Chuck Campbell, given that he returns to the cage after a nearly two-year layoff. Additionally, it could be a good move for Bellator to match Parrish and newly signed Poland prospect, Maciej Różański. A win over Różański would definitely push him not only towards more stardom and a larger platform to advocate against bullying, but it would also put him closer to his dream of being a world champion.
Bellator has someone special in Ben”Big Tuna” Parrish. And despite the recent loss, he is still well on the path of becoming a very well-known face in the Bellator light-heavyweight division and as an advocate against bullying. The way I see it, the future is bright for Big Tuna, and I know the fans cannot wait for his return to the Bellator cage.
To donate and support Parrish’s partnered charity organization, check out the Jesse Dylan James Foundation.
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.