Norman Parke continued his winning ways at UFC Fight Night 30 as he outlasted Jon Tuck in an entertaining three-round lightweight affair. Tuck actually had the better of his opponent in the opening round as he landed some solid punches in a back-and-forth give minutes of action. Parke, who was left with a bloody nose, managed to utilize his tremendous cardio as his volume and precision punches would turn the tide the rest of the way.
In the second round, Parke really began to find the range with his overhand left as he would land that punch time and again.While Parke’s confidence began to soar thanks to his crisp combinations, Tuck clearly was starting to fade. That trend continued into the third and final round as it was more of the same. A tiring Tuck was getting off only single shots while being outworked by the fighter from Northern Ireland. Parke took the decision by scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
Parke has now reeled off three consecutive victories inside the Octagon. The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes lightweight winner has also earned decision victories against Colin Fletcher and Kazuki Tokudome during his UFC tenure. He improved to 19-2 with the victory, and is unbeaten in his last nine fights. Parke’s strength is in the ground game where has secured 12 submission victories, most of them by way of rear naked choke. “Stormin” is likely to face stiffer opposition moving forward given his current win streak. In his post-fight interview, Parke said the plan was to push the pace and he gave credit to Tuck for his toughness. Tuck suffered his first loss after starting his career with seven consecutive victories.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports