Parke hands Tuck first defeat

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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.



The UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz bout between Norman Parke and Jon Tuck was one between two young prospects who were mostly strangers to losing. Tuck hadn’t lost ever while Parke had won eight straight fights. Not surprisingly, there was not much separating them when they fought.

Tuck got off to a good start, but it was Parke pushing the pace from the on, as he finally separated himself with volume, leading to a unanimous decision win.


The judges scored it 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.

“I wanted to push the pace abd force him to make bad decisions, but he was tough,” said Parke, the former TUF: Smashes champion.

The first round was closely contested, with Tuck commanding the center of the cage on most occasions, and scoring with a flying knee early. Parke was able to land some good counters, but by the end of the first, his nose had a trickle of blood. He was also able to score a late takedown as the round expired.

Parke turned up the heat in the second, marching forward and going from single punches to combinations. According to unofficial FightMetric stats, he out-landed Tuck 71-28 in the round. The same theme played out in the third, with Parke having a 61-23 striking advantage.

In total, he landed 154 strikes to Tuck’s 76.

Parke (19-2) is now 3-0 in the octagon, including wins over Kazuki Tokudome and Colin Fletcher. Tuck fell to 7-1.

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