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)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219
From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game.
Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.
The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.
After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.
“Those insights are covering entire aspects of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“
Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”
He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”
As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed, force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.
The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).
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