|Born||22 December 1986|
Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Other names||Stormin Norman|
|Residence||Antrim, Northern Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||156.1 lb (71 kg; 11 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Bushmills, Antrim, Northern Ireland|
|Rank||Black belt in Judo|
|Wrestling||Northern Ireland National Champion in Freestyle Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
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. Later, after he also began training in boxing, Parke transitioned into mixed martial arts at the age of 20.
Mixed martial arts career
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.
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. 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. 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.
The Ultimate Fighter
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. Parke competed in the lightweight division and his first opponent in the show was Richie Vaculik, who currently competes at flyweight. 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. Parke defeated Vaculik via unanimous decision to move onto the semi-final round.
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 Championship
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.
Parke was expected to face Jorge Masvidal on 18 January 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59. However, in early December, Masvidal pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Gleison Tibau. Parke lost the fight via split decision.
Parke was expected to face Gilbert Burns on 30 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67. However, Burns pulled out of the fight in late April and was replaced by Francisco Trinaldo. Parke lost the fight via split decision.
Following the loss to Khabilov, Parke was released by the UFC.
Absolute Championship Berkut
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. 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.
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. However, Ziółkowski was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury and was replaced by former KSW Featherweight Champion Marcin Wrzosek. Parke won the fight by split decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Cage Contender
- Cage Contender Lightweight Champion (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|36 matches||28 wins||6 losses|
|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|
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