Norman Parke is coming off his first defeat in the UFC. The Northern Irish fighter lost a close decision to MMA veteran Gleison Tibau at UFC Boston in January and that loss hasn’t sat right with him.
“That last fight, I was hesitant. Tibau is a big strong guy with good takedowns and I think I respected that too much. You seen it in the third round, I stepped things up and won the third round. That is frustrating knowing that and I have learned a lot from it. From now on I am going full steam ahead and I will run through guys. And if I can’t run through them I’ll use my judo and throw them on their heads.”
“I want to fight in April. I want to fight on that Poland card. I’ll fight anyone they give me. I just need to get back in there and get a dominant win to show everyone that I mean business. I’ve said this to Joe Silva and I am just waiting to hear back from him.”
“I shouldn’t have lost that Tibau fight, but I did and the judges made the right decision. I just need to get back in there and get that ‘W’. Regardless of who they give me next I feel that two more wins puts me in the top 15, another win after that and I am in the top 10. After that, who knows…If I beat the right guy then I don’t think a title shot would be out of the question. But first things first, I want to fight ASAP and get back to winning ways!”
“Man, I will fight anyone in that division. Joe Silva could ring me up tomorrow and offer me a non-title fight with Anthony Pettis and I would accept straight away. There is 17 fights in the lightweight division in the next 5 or 6 weeks, I would accept anyone of them if a fighter got injured. Failing that, give me anyone in April at UFC Krakow because it doesn’t matter who it is, I am just going to run straight through them.”