‘John’ Wayne Parr officially signs for Bellator kickboxing

Australian Muay Thai fighter John Wayne “The Gunslinger” Parr has officially signed on to compete in Bellator’s kickboxing promotion.

Parr, who is coming off a decision win against Daniel Dawson, first hinted at signing with the promotion a month ago and officially put pen to paper earlier today.

The Gold Coast based fighter will make his debut in 2017, which will be 20 years after he made a name for himself in Thailand where he competed in the famed Lumpinee Stadium, was voted the 1997 Best Farang Fighter and was given the opportunity to fight on the King’s Birthday event.

Now 40-years-old and closing in on the end of his career, Parr will be hoping to make one last impact on the international stage and will compete in the promotions 155 pounds (70 kgs) division.

Parr is expected to have one more fight locally when he puts on the MMA gloves to compete in his Caged Muay Thai promotion on December 3 in Logan City, Queensland.

Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. By the time MMA arrived many years later, I was hooked. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of riding in an F1 car.