Did @JoshParisian finally earn his spot?
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Josh Parisian will finally be able to call himself a Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter after his debut in November.
The news first coming from MMA Junkie on Friday, Parisian (13-3) will be setting foot in the Octagon for the first time against Parker Porter (9-6) in the heavyweight division. The two will be squaring off at the UFC Fight Night event on Nov. 28 at an undetermined location, likely to be either the UFC Apex in Las Vegas or Yas Island in the United Arab Emirates. Parisian has since confirmed the booking on his Instagram.
Parisian will be finally making his promotional debut with a pair of first-round knockout victories on Dana White's Contender Series and a season of “The Ultimate Fighter” under his belt. The heavyweight has scorched each of his last six opponents, rattling off six knockouts since his submission loss to Brett Martin in February 2019. His first win on the Contender Series by spinning back fist, at the time he landed it, he was the first fighter in any Zuffa-related company above welterweight to finish an opponent with this strike.
Porter made his unsuccessful organizational debut in August, when Chris Daukaus put him out with punches and a crushing knee. The defeat halted a two-fight finish streak that saw him stop Dirlei Broenstrup and Kevin Ray Sears in the CES MMA organization. Porter posts a finish rate of 89 percent throughout his 13-year career, while only going the distance one time.
The UFC Fight Night card taking place on Nov. 28 does not currently have a location determined. It will be headlined by a pivotal heavyweight rumble, as Curtis Blaydes takes on Derrick Lewis. Also on the card is a women’s bantamweight match, where Ashlee Evans-Smith will face former featherweight Norma Dumont Viana.