Bushmill’s former UFC TUF smashes winner, KSW title contender and current Bellator Lightweight ‘Stormin’ Norman Parke took to twitter last night to announce his shock retirement from the sport at the age of 32 years old.
Hi folks im going to retire from mma, I am sick of how this game works, not going to say anymore about it, I still plan to fight on bkb this year an thats about it. If promotion offers me a good offer for 1 fight I might take. Hope you will watch me do bkb anyways
— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) January 7, 2019
The above tweet spoke of his frustration with being unable to secure a fight over the last couple of months. It is understood that Bellator were to start their European fight series in Dublin on the 8th of December, this was pushed back until February to the disappointment of Norman and others. In the time in between Parke had stated his wish to fight and train in America again. Speaking to WHOATV this afternoon Parke made it clear that it was indeed frustration over a failed Visa and his inability to get onto Bellator Dublin or Newcastle this late that had him contemplating his future in the sport.
Not going anywhere folks, 🙂 pissed with this whole visa crap & not sure about usa now, bellator are happy to release me if I like but need a deal sorted b4 hand, i fight to earn money and its the only way, so its either Rizin or ksw or one fc or whatever.
— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) January 8, 2019
He tweeted to this effect this afternoon, stating that the failed Visa application was the spanner in the works and not Bellator themselves. He went on to state that Bellator have been flexible in offering to release him from his contractual obligations if he so wishes. Having not fought since Brave 13 in Belfast last June, Parke is obviously keen to secure a fight and income as soon as possible having a young son to support. The Ulsterman has gone 4 wins 1 loss with and 1 no contest since leaving the UFC. The controversial loss and no contests in that time came against KSW double champion Mateusz Gamrot.
Here’s hoping we see the talented wrestler back in action soon.