Norman Parke stormed the UFC, winning the lightweight tournament of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes and then going 3-0-1 in his next four fights. He’s stumbled lately, however, losing his last two; so he entered the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 76 on Saturday looking to make Reza Madadi his stepping stone to a career resurgence.
With a 2-1 record in the UFC, Madadi had aspirations of his own in Dublin, looking to defeat Parke and start building some momentum in the Octagon.
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The strategy for each was clear from the opening bell. Parke wanted mostly to keep the fight standing and at a good striking distance, where he could utilize his reach advantage. The Iranian-born Swede, Madadi, wanted to use his wrestling expertise to put the fight on the floor.
Parke’s was the more successful strategy. Having a strong background in Judo, the Northern Irelander nullified most of Madadi’s takedown efforts, and was successful at keeping his distance, especially in the opening two rounds.
Although Madadi isn’t a bad striker, Parke’s reach ….View original article