SAN JOSE, Calif. – “Big Tuna” was a massive underdog going into Bellator 266, but he defied the odds in a matter of seconds.
Some online sportsbooks had Ben Parrish as high as a 6-to-1 underdog against rising star Christian Edwards. So when Parrish (5-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) knocked out Edwards (5-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) with a series of punches 38 seconds into Round 1, the SAP Center was sent into a frenzy.
A hard overhand left started off the finishing sequence. As Edwards crumpled to the canvas, Parrish poured on a series of punches that put the lights out.
Check out the knockout and reaction below:
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) September 19, 2021
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) September 19, 2021
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) September 19, 2021
Bellator 266 took place Saturday at SAP Center. The main card aired on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.
Ben Parrish def. Christian Edwards via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:38
Alex Polizzi def. Grant Neal via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Adams def. Khalid Murtazaliev via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bobby Seronio III def. Socrates Hernandez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-26, 29-26)
Abraham Vaesauvia def. Albert Gonzales via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 2:17
Shane Keefe def. Rhalan Gracie via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Edwin De Los Santos def. Jon Adams via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:29
Jesse Delgado def. Joshua Dillon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)