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Shikellamy grad looks to go pro as ultimate fighter

Mar. 1—SUNBURY — A local athlete is training to go pro with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Dominic Parker, who graduated from Shikellamy High School in 2017, will compete for Art of War Cage Fighting's 145-pound advanced amateur title on April 5 at the Live Casino and Hotel in Philadelphia.

Parker already holds the 155-pound title and said he plans to sign on professionally at the regionally level following the April 5th fight. His ultimate goal is the UFC, he said.

Parker was a wrestler at Shikellamy throughout his high school years. His coach, John Supsic said he was always a very hard worker.

"He's a natural athlete and has the talent, but always put the time in to get better," Supsic said. "By nature, he was a pretty quiet kid, but a great leader and a team player all the way."

Parker said he was sought out by a friend, who was headed to the military, after graduation to train together in preparation. A boxing coach in the gym saw Parker's potential and wanted to get him into boxing-focused training.

Parker has been competing in Art of War Cage Fighting for four years and has learned a lot.

"You really have to work for things because you never know what the next person might do," Parker said.

Parker said his victories are not the only fights he learns from.

"I've learned a lot from my losses," he said. "Those bumps along the way really improved everything and I don't think I'd be here without them."

The up-and-coming fighter has been seeking community support as he approaches his next big move. Several local businesses have sponsored his mission, including his old wrestling coach.

"It's so great to see him succeed," Supsic said. "It's cool to see him taking the next step."

Parker said he would encourage people to get out and give new things a try.

"You'd be surprised what you're capable of," he said.

Parker is selling apparel which will support his training and goals which can be purchased online at mmateeco.com/collections/dominic-parker.