“I felt I didn’t perform at my best, to be honest,” Parsons told MMAWeekly.com. “Coming off a year (away), I didn’t really think it would affect me, but when I look back on the tape, I was a little hesitant with things and don’t feel I did as well as I could have.
“I still got the win, got the finish, but I saw a lot of things that I wanted to work on.”
Now that he’s back to fighting, Parsons is eager to test himself and build on his first two wins in Bellator.
“I’m trying to fight the best people,” he said. “I don’t want to fight scrubs. That’s not a proper use of my time. I put a lot of time in at the gym and I want to show that off. I want people to see how hard I’m working and how I’m getting continuously better.”
On Friday in Thackerville, Okla., Parsons (11-1) will look for his fifth win in a row when he takes on Bubba Jenkins (9-2) in a 145-pound feature bout. Jenkins is definitely not a scrub.
“He comes with wrestling and we haven’t really seen much else out of him, so hopefully he comes with a little more to the table this time and makes it exciting,” said Parson of Jenkins. “I’m going to push the pace and put it on him.
“I’m the guy that no matter what you give me, I’m still there and still coming. I want you to give me everything you’ve got, and when it’s not enough and you start second guessing yourself, I’m going to spring on you. I smell blood and that’s when you’re going to get hurt real bad.”
Should Parsons close out the year with another win, he wants to use 2016 to build a foundation towards taking the next step in his career and title contention.
“I set goals for myself when I started this, and I’m right on track,” he said. “I wanted to be known in the MMA world by the time I was 24 years old, and I’ve felt like that’s happening. Now I’m 25 and it’s time to start lining myself up for a title shot by the time I’m 27. I feel like I’m a great path right now.”