After nearly a six month absence from action, Dustin Parrish is set to make his awaited return this Friday night. Originally, the wrestling stand-out was set to face Jay Ellis at Legends of Fighting 55. That was until he found out that the Indiana Gaming Commission denied the fight. Officials had the of finding a last minute replacement for Parrish.
On Monday “Bam-Bam” announced on his Facebook who the lucky sole will be to square off against him. Enter, Ryan McIntosh. The Harrison, Ohio native has quite an extensive record and will pose a real threat to Parrish. A close friend to McIntosh and promoter, Mark Slater knows exactly how dangerous he can be inside the cage stating, “it all depends on which “Machinegun” will show up on fight night.”
Fighting for only the third time this year, Parrish accepted the fight initially to end the year on a high note. “I felt I was out of the conversation, so I need to inject myself into, kind of spring boarding my 2015 run,” explains Parrish. Holding an impressive amateur record, the Indianapolis resident decided it was time to take the inevitable leap to the professional ranks. Making his debut this past April, Parrish went the distance earning a split decision victory over Frank Sloan.
“It’s no secret what I do and what I’m good at why act like any of that is going change anytime soon.” – Dustin Parrish
The change of opponent did not effect the game plan that Parrish originally had set when he was scheduled to face Ellis. “I helped Austin Tweedy get ready for his pro debut,” concludes Parrish. “We’ve had a couple of our guys compete against him before.” Even though McIntosh is a late substitute, to say the ATT Indianapolis fighter isn’t ready is just not correct.
“He’s a talented kid and very athletic,” recites Parrish when asked what his thoughts were on his opponent. This fight will showcase two different styles of fighting. In one corner, we will see wrestling being the dominant force with Parrish while McIntosh will bring his brawling style too the cage.
If the fight between these two stays on the feet, McIntosh has a good chance of coming out victorious. If however he is not ready to defend the takedowns, he will end up on his back where Parrish has the clear advantage.