Following an impressive 4-0 start to his career, welterweight Greg Parker feels he’s ready to step up in competition, which is exactly what he’ll do at the upcoming BAMMA USA: Badbeat 13 event on Friday.
Parker feels he’s been performing very well in his fights and should be ready for that next step.
“I’ve won all my fights by submission so far,” Parker told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve yet to step up to a higher class of opponent, which I feel I’m doing in this upcoming fight, which is interesting and exciting for me.
“I’m stoked to have finished all my fights and I’d love to keep that streak going.”
If there are any areas Parker feels he needs work on, it’s the fact that he’s been goaded into exchanging shots in training, and would like to remedy that before it happens in a fight.
“In the gym I feel like I can work on not getting into brawls,” he said. “I’ll get into that going toe-to-toe and trading punch-for-punch, and that’s not really my style, but I do get caught up doing that sometimes.
“I need to work on that and some composure issues and be able to take a step back and readjust my game plan.”
So far Parker has managed to go beyond the second round in any of his bouts, but he is confident he can go the distance if need be.
“I feel I’m better as fights get longer,” he said. “I’m very much an endurance fighter, even though I’ve only been able to display that in the gym. It’s something I’m excited to display when the time come.”
Parker (4-0) will need all of his skills if he hopes to defeat Eddie Jackson (4-1) in a welterweight feature attraction on Badbeat 13 in Commerce, Calif.
“He’s definitely going to be my toughest fight to date,” said Parker of Jackson. “He has a lot of knockouts – a lot of power – and I need to figure out a way to mitigate that power.
“Whether it’s keeping the fight on the ground or fight close-up, but I can’t be at the end of his punches. It’s going to be a big footwork issue with getting in and getting out quickly and finishing takedowns, because if I don’t, he’ll make me pay for it.”
A win over Jackson could propel Parker into a title bout, which is exactly what he’s looking for.
“The BAMMA USA 170-pound title is vacant right now, and there’s me and a couple of other guys that they’re looking at to step up and make a title fight,” said Parker. “So I’ve got to get this win and hopefully I’ll go from getting that shot at the title to defending it.”