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Norman Parke (born 22 December 1986) is an Irish mixed martial artist. A professional MMA competitor since 2006, Parke has fought for the UFC, Absolute Championship Berkut, KSW, and BAMMA. He was also a competitor for Team UK on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes in late 2012 and won the Lightweight Tournament.

Norman Parke
Born (1986-12-22) 22 December 1986 (age 32)
Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Other namesStormin Norman
ResidenceAntrim, Northern Ireland
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight156.1 lb (71 kg; 11 st 2 lb)
DivisionLightweight
Reach70.0 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofBushmills, Antrim, Northern Ireland
TeamNext Generation
RankBlack belt in Judo[2]
WrestlingNorthern Ireland National Champion in Freestyle Wrestling[3]
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total36
Wins28
By knockout4
By submission12
By decision12
Losses6
By submission2
By decision4
Draws1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Born and raised in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, Parke began training in Judo at the age of 16. He went on to be a National Champion in Judo as well as Freestyle Wrestling in 2009-2010 and 2011-2012.[2][3][4] Later, after he also began training in boxing, Parke transitioned into mixed martial arts at the age of 20.[5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Before signing with the UFC, Parke compiled a record of 16-2, with 12 of his victories coming via submission. Parke's losses were against the veteran Greg Loughran and the then-undefeated Joseph Duffy.[6]

Parke was introduced to the masses and given his first televised fight by Cage Contender on 24 July 2010, going on to fight for the promotion more times than anywhere else. In his last fight under the Cage Contender banner, Parke claimed the vacant Cage Contender Lightweight Championship.

After going 14-2, Parke signed to face Anton Kuivanen at Fight Festival 29, in what would have been his first fight outside Ireland and the United Kingdom.[7] However, the fight did not materialise and Kuivanen fought another fighter on the card. After a further victory domestically, Parke signed with Cage Warriors to face Brad Wheeler in February 2012. However, Parke withdrew after a hand injury.[8] Parke returned in May 2012, where he defeated Stephen Coll via TKO, in what turned out to be his final appearance before joining The Ultimate Fighter.[6]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In late 2012, Parke signed to be a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes - a regional version of the Ultimate Fighter series, which pitted Australian fighters against British fighters.[9] Parke competed in the lightweight division and his first opponent in the show was Richie Vaculik, who currently competes at flyweight.[10] Parke was able to hit Vaculik on the ground with elbows; one of which cut Vaculik on the top of his head. Parke was able to take Vaculik down again in the second round and controlled the fight from half-guard.[10] Parke defeated Vaculik via unanimous decision to move onto the semi-final round.[10]

In the semi-final round, Parke was matched up against fellow Team UK fighter Brendan Loughnane. Parke won the fight via unanimous decision and moved onto the finals which took place live on UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Parke made his UFC debut on 15 December 2012 at UFC on FX 6 which was also known as "The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes Finale". Parke would fight Colin Fletcher to determine the lightweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. Parke controlled the entirety of the fight and won the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Parke was expected to face Jon Tuck on 20 April 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[12] However, the bout was scrapped during the week leading up to the event as Tuck was forced out of the bout with an injury.[13]

Parke fought Kazuki Tokudome on 6 July 2013 at UFC 162.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[15]

A rescheduled bout with Jon Tuck eventually took place on 26 October 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[16] Parke won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Parke faced TUF: Brazil 2 winner Leonardo Santos at UFC Fight Night 38.[18] Due to a point deduction for Parke grabbing Santos' shorts, the bout ended in a majority draw.[19]

Parke faced returning veteran Naoyuki Kotani on 19 July 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin.[20] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[21]

Parke was expected to face Diego Sanchez on 15 November 2014 at UFC 180.[22] However, Parke pulled out of the bout in early October citing a knee injury and was replaced by Joe Lauzon.[23]

Parke was expected to face Jorge Masvidal on 18 January 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[24] However, in early December, Masvidal pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Gleison Tibau.[25] Parke lost the fight via split decision.[26]

Parke was expected to face Gilbert Burns on 30 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67.[27] However, Burns pulled out of the fight in late April and was replaced by Francisco Trinaldo.[28] Parke lost the fight via split decision.[29]

Parke faced returning veteran Reza Madadi on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76.[30] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[31]

Parke faced Rustam Khabilov on 27 February 2016 at UFC Fight Night 84.[32] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Following the loss to Khabilov, Parke was released by the UFC.[34]

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

Parke faced Andrew Fisher on 1 October 2016 at ACB 47: Braveheart.[35] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

BAMMAEdit

On 24 February 2017, Parke made his debut for the BAMMA organization. He faced Paul Redmond at BAMMA 28 and won the fight by majority decision.

KSWEdit

After a few bouts in the KSW and Brave CF, it was announced on 14 July 2018 that Parke had signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator.[36] Despite the contract with Bellator, Parke faced former KSW Welterweight Champion Borys Mankowski at KSW 47 on 23 March 2019 and won the bout via unanimous decision.[37]

After defeating the former KSW Featherweight Champion Artur Sowiński via unanimous decision at KSW 49, Parke was expected to face Marian Ziółkowski for the interim KSW Lightweight Championship at KSW 50 on 14 September 2019.[38] However, Ziółkowski was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury and was replaced by former KSW Featherweight Champion Marcin Wrzosek.[39] Parke won the fight by split decision.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
36 matches 28 wins 6 losses
By knockout 4 0
By submission 12 2
By decision 12 4
Draws 1
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 28–6–1 (1) Marcin Wrzosek Decision (split) KSW 50: London 14 September 2019 5 5:00 London, England Won the Interim KSW Lightweight Championship
Win 27–6–1 (1) Artur Sowiński Decision (unanimous) KSW 49: Soldić vs. Kaszubowski 18 May 2019 3 5:00 Gdańsk/Sopot, Poland Catchweight bout (163 lbs).
Win 26-6-1 (1) Borys Mańkowski Decision (unanimous) KSW 47: The X-Warriors 23 March 2019 3 5:00 Łódź, Poland
Win 25–6–1 (1) Myles Price Decision (unanimous) BRAVE 13 9 June 2018 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 24–6–1 (1) Łukasz Chlewicki Decision (unanimous) KSW 43: Soldić vs. Du Plessis 14 April 2018 3 5:00 Wrocław, Poland
NC 23–6–1 (1) Mateusz Gamrot No Contest (accidental eye poke) KSW 40: Dublin 22 October 2017 2 4:39 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Loss 23–6–1 Mateusz Gamrot Decision (unanimous) KSW 39: Colosseum 27 May 2017 3 5:00 Warsaw, Poland For the KSW Lightweight Championship.
Win 23–5–1 Paul Redmond Decision (majority) BAMMA 28 24 February 2017 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland Missed weight. As a result wasn't eligible to win the vacant BAMMA Lightweight Championship.
Win 22–5–1 Andrew Fisher Decision (unanimous) ACB 47: Braveheart: Young Eagles 14 1 October 2016 3 5:00 Glasgow, Scotland
Loss 21–5–1 Rustam Khabilov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping 27 February 2016 3 5:00 London, England
Win 21–4–1 Reza Madadi Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka 24 October 2015 3 5:00 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Loss 20–4–1 Francisco Trinaldo Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves 30 May 2015 3 5:00 Goiânia, Brazil
Loss 20–3–1 Gleison Tibau Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver 18 January 2015 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 20–2–1 Naoyuki Kotani TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao 19 July 2014 2 3:41 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Draw 19–2–1 Leonardo Santos Draw (majority) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 23 March 2014 3 5:00 Natal, Brazil Parke was deducted one point for grabbing Santos' shorts.
Win 19–2 Jon Tuck Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz 26 October 2013 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 18–2 Kazuki Tokudome Decision (unanimous) UFC 162 6 July 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–2 Colin Fletcher Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson 15 December 2012 3 5:00 Gold Coast, Australia Won The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes Lightweight Tournament.
Win 16–2 Stephen Coll TKO (punches) Immortal Fight Championship 6 12 May 2012 3 2:24 Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Win 15–2 Marcos Nardini Decision (unanimous) CC 11: Robinson vs. Wain 8 October 2011 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland Won the Cage Contender Lightweight Championship.
Win 14–2 Dominic McConnell Submission (arm-triangle choke) Immortal Fighting Championship 3 11 September 2010 3 1:23 Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Win 13–2 Stuart Davies TKO (punches) CC 6: Nelson vs. Mitchell 28 August 2010 2 2:34 Manchester, England
Win 12–2 Tom Maguire Submission (guillotine choke) CC 5: McVeigh vs. Sitenkov 24 July 2010 2 0:42 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Win 11–2 Ian Jones Submission (guillotine choke) Fight-Stars 2 28 March 2010 1 4:18 Leeds, England
Loss 10–2 Joseph Duffy Submission (rear-naked choke) Spartan Fight Challenge 20 March 2010 1 3:06 Newport, Wales
Win 10–1 Myles Price Submission (guillotine choke) CC 3: Featherweight Tournament 5 February 2010 1 3:27 Antrim, Northern Ireland
Win 9–1 Ben Davis Submission (rear-naked choke) TW 5: Night of Champions 3 October 2009 1 3:10 Connacht, Republic of Ireland
Win 8–1 Ali MacLean Submission (rear-naked choke) Immortal Fighting Championship 1 19 September 2009 2 4:05 Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Win 7–1 Mick Bowman Submission (rear-naked choke) OMMAC 1: Assassins 8 August 2009 1 2:06 Liverpool, England
Win 6–1 Mark Mills TKO (punches) Strike and Submit 11 5 July 2009 3 3:40 Gateshead, England
Win 5–1 Paul Jenkins Submission (rear-naked choke) HOP 11: Taking Over 30 May 2009 1 2:41 Newport, Wales
Win 4–1 Dominic McConnell Submission (armbar) Chaos FC 4 25 April 2009 1 1:10 Derry, Northern Ireland
Win 3–1 Barry Oglesby Submission (leglock) TW 4: The Next Generation 28 March 2009 1 3:30 Connacht, Republic of Ireland
Win 2–1 Ali McLean Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Fighting Revolution 14 21 August 2008 2 4:50 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 1–1 Brian Kerr Submission (armbar) Ultimate Fighting Revolution 13 18 May 2008 1 2:10 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Loss 0–1 Greg Loughran Submission (rear-naked choke) Ultimate Fighting Revolution 5 12 March 2006 1 1:43 Toomebridge, Northern Ireland

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Norman Parke - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "'Stormin' Norman Parke". facebook.com. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  4. ^ "10 European Prospects worth watching". sherdog.com. 14 August 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.joe.ie/sports/mma/mma-fighter-profile-northern-irelands-norman-park/
  6. ^ a b "Norman Parke". sherdog.com. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Parke heads to Finland to take on Kuivanen". yourmma.tv. 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Injury forces Parke out". sherdog.com. 31 January 2012.
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  13. ^ Staff (14 April 2013). "Jon Tuck vs. Norman Parke pulled from Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 lineup". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
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  37. ^ Peter Carroll (19 February 2019). "Norman Parke replaces Dricus Du Plessis, faces Borys Mankowski at KSW 47". mmafighting.com.
  38. ^ Peter Carroll (27 June 2019). "Norman Parke vs. Marian Ziolkowski set for interim lightweight title clash at KSW 50". mmafighting.com.
  39. ^ Peter Carroll (30 August 2019). "Marcin Wrzosek replaces Marian Ziolkowski, faces Norman Parke for interim title at KSW 50". mmafighting.com.

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