Norman Parke vs Reza Madadi UFC Fight Night 76
Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke looks to bounce back from two split decision losses in the stacked UFC Lightweight division as he took on Reza Madadi making his first appearance since his 2013 submission victory over Michael Johnson.
After much animosity between both fighters, at yesterday’s weigh-ins, neither Parke nor Madadi wasted any time in attempting to go head to head before the sound of the bell. They were separated by referee Leon Roberts and sent back to their respective corners to begin the bout.
As the round started, both fighters looked to take the center of the octagon. After a brief exchange, Madadi initiated the clinch pushing Stormin’s back towards the cage looking to take the fight to the mat. Parke managed to fight the takedown attempt and reverse the position. As both men circled Parke attempted to sit behind his jab and make the fight a technical one, landing with a good straight left followed by a kick to the body to which Madadi responded with a kick of his own.
The round continued with Parke continuing to press the action backing Madadi against the cage and curbing the Swede’s attempts to get inside. The Bushmills fighter stabbed at his opponent with repeated push kicks and began to mix things up nicely by taking aim at Madadi’s head with a high kick. “Mad Dog” began to press the action as he initiated the clinch and forced Parke to defend using strong pressure on the head coupled with an underhook to keep the fight standing. Attempting to get on the front foot Parke attempted a front choke which did not look like troubling Madadi. The Next Generation fighter used this to reverse position landing hard knees to the body. As Madadi pushed for the takedown Parke managed to break from the clinch after briefly being brought to
Attempting to get on the front foot, Parke attempted a front choke which did not seem to give Madadi any trouble. The Next Generation fighter used this to reverse position landing hard knees to the body. As Madadi pushed for the takedown Parke managed to break from the clinch after briefly being brought to mat. As Madadi repeatedly switched between a single leg and a double Parke was leaning heavily on his sprawl to keep the fight at distance and on the feet. As the round wore on Parke worked the body and head mixing uppercuts and hooks to great effect. This did little to curb Madadi’s enthusiasm as he motioned to Parke to bring it on. The round ended with Madadi shouldering Parke before returning to his corner.
Round 2 got underway with Parke returning to fight at range. He opened with two hard kicks to the body followed by a nice one-two combination. Madadi responded with a low kick of his own. Parke, who seemed to be looser following his instruction from Rodney Moore between rounds, found a home for his kicks to the legs and Madadi had to work to block and take several high kicks on the arm.
The All-Star fighter attempted to answer and gain Parke’s respect on the feet with a combination of punches however he was well wide of the mark. After cutting angles beautifully, Parke landed with a hard uppercut followed by a hook to the head of Madadi. Parke looked to counter with straight punches as Madadi pushed forward and landed his first takedown. Unfortunately for Madadi, Parke scrambled immediately to his feet before any momentum could be gained. Reza tried to get his boxing going landing a jab before Parke attempted a takedown of his own against the fence. Parke alternated between landing knees to the thigh and midsection with attempted trips pushing the pace midway through the round.
The fight continued at a grueling pace as both attempted to control the clinch exchanges and Madadi began to visibly tire as the round progressed. After prolonged hand fighting, Parke demonstrated his creative striking by attempting a slashing elbow while Madadi was backed against the cage. As round two came to a close Parke was getting the better of the striking as he made Madadi miss while countering hard with punches and kicks. The round ended with Madadi landing a short uppercut as Parke pressed for the takedown against the cage.
The third round began with both men looking increasingly tired. Parke continued his work attacking the legs with chopping kicks from the southpaw stance. Reza pushed forward effectively tying up with Parke, landing a good uppercut on the break.
Halfway through the third, Reza found the most success he had throughout the whole fight with his striking. Catching Parke with stinging jabs and uppercuts in the pocket, he used good head movement coupled with feints to land repeated shots testing Parke’s chin as the Bushmills man looked uncomfortable for a few seconds. Parke wisely tied up with his opponent and pushed him towards the fence.
As the pair broke Madadi pressed the action as he became more and more desperate. However, this only played into Norman Parke’s hands as he landed a clever trip while gripping the hips of Madadi ending up in full guard. Parke swiftly passed to half guard unfortunately Madadi defended effectively and managed to find a way back to his feet. With one minute to go until the end of the fight, both fighters looked exhausted as Parke pressed for another trip against the cage. The fight ends as Madadi attempts half- heartedly for a front choke. The fighters separate with Parke raising his hands in victory.
Norman Parke wins via unanimous decision. (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.
Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.
Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.
Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.
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Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.
Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.
There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.
But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.
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