Norman Parke

Antrim’s Norman Parke has officially signed a deal with Bellator after a 32-fight career that saw him compete in a number of elite promotions.

Norman Parke is a name well-known to the Irish MMA fanbase. A former Ultimate Fighter winner, Parke enjoyed a nine-fight run in the UFC – going (5-3-1) before his eventual release.

His time in the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation wasn’t as patchy as his record would suggest, though.

Two split decisions out of his three UFC shortcomings could well have seen things turn out very differently had the judges called it in his favour but nevertheless, in facing the likes of Francisco Trinaldo, Leonardo Santos, Gleison Tibau, and Rustam Khabilov – he gained valuable experience going against some of the division’s top veterans.

According to his official Twitter account, Parke has now been given a well-deserved opportunity to put that experience to the test in Bellator MMA.

Two wins in 2018 so far over Myles Price and Lukasz Chlewicki saw Scott Coker and co. make the call and with him now coming into what could be considered his athletic prime at 31, expect big things from Stormin’ Norman in the near future.

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