Longtime standard-bearer for Northern Irish MMA ‘Stormin’ Norman Parke has confirmed that his upcoming fight will be his final contest before hanging up the four-ounce gloves for good.
Parke, 30, has competed at the highest level in the UFC, having fought nine times for the promotion after initially reaching the semi-finals of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes season back in 2012. He departed the organisation last year having compiled a UFC record of 5-3-1.
Wins over Andrew Fisher (in ACB) and Paul Redmond (in BAMMA) followed as he extended his pro record to 23-5-1 before the Bushmills man booked himself into a high-profile title fight with Poland’s undefeated KSW lightweight world champion Mateusz Gamrot later this month.
And with the days counting down to that contest, Parke took to social media to confirm that his battle with Gamrot will be his last as a professional mixed martial arts fighter.
“My fight in Poland is my last ever fight,” he tweeted.
“So it’s finish or be finished, @KSW_MMA can keep the belt. Gamrot be prepared for a tough fight.”
My fight in Poland is my last ever fight, so it's finish or be finished, @KSW_MMA can keep the belt. Gamrot be prepared for a tough fight.
— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) May 9, 2017