UFC veteran Norman Parke, currently signed with Bellator under a multi fight contract has shockingly announced retirement.
Posted via twitter, the Northern Irish, Ultimate Fighter winner, Norman Parke has stated that following his upcoming bout under promotion BKB he will give up fighting unless he is offered a fight worth the right amount of money.
Coming off back to back wins against Myles Price and highly talented BJJ artists Paul Redmond, this announcement will come to a surprise to many, considering his recent signing with Bellator.
There was rumors of a fight between him and Benson Henderson in the pipeline, so it could be possible that perhaps that a disagreement between the two parties could have had some part to play in this decision. We will have to wait to find out what exactly the reason was.
All I do know however is that it would be a real shame to see Norman retire as he has a lot more to offer.
More will follow as it comes to light.
Bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes shocks the world and finishes featherweight champ Cris Cyborg by knockout to become the first women’s “champ champ” at UFC 232 on December 29th
Louis Taylor floors Abus Magomedov to win the middleweight title and $1 million dollars at PFL 11 on December 31st
Uriah Hall storms back in the 3rd round and drops newcomer Bevon Lewis with a right hook at UFC 232 on December 29th
Joaquim Silva puts Jared Gordon out on his feet @ UFC Fight Night: Milwaukee on December 15th
Edson Barboza wins the war against Dan Hooker @ UFC Fight Night: Milwaukee on December 15th
Alen Amedovski does it again, stopping Ibrahim Mane early @ Bellator 211 on December 1st
Dheigo Lima gets back in the win column with a walk-off KO of Chad Laprise @ UFC 231 on December 8th
Kent Kauppinen stuns the Italian crowd with his knockout of Alessio Sakara @ Bellator 211 on December 1st
Mandel Nallo with a knee to the chin of Carrington Banks @ Bellator 207 on October 12th
Don Madge debuts with a perfect head kick KO on Te Edwards @ UFC Fight Night: Moncton on October 27th
Josh ‘Cuddly Bear’ Copeland punches his way to the heavyweight finals @ PFL 8 on October 5th
When Derrick Lewis coined the phrase “My Balls Was Hot” with a come from behind knockout of Alexander Volkov @ UFC 229 on October 6th
Anthony Rocco Martin with the head kick KO to start the night off @ UFC 229 on October 6th
And finally, Khabib’s flying eagle on Dillon Danis @ UFC 229
Kailin Hill does it again, a superman punch into a flying knee knockout against Adam Fugitt @ LFA 51 on September 28th
Geoff Neal with the head kick KO on Frank Camacho @ UFC 228 on September 8th
AJ McKee deads John Macapá @ Bellator 205 on September 21st
Jéssica Andrade knocks out Karolina Kowalkiewicz @ UFC 228 on September 8th
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos lands a flying knee and follows it up with a knockout @ UFC Fight Night: Sao Paulo on September 22nd
Eryk Anders with the walk-off head kick KO as the round ends against Tim Williams @ UFC Fight Night: Lincoln on August 25th
Justin Gaethje obliterates James Vick @ UFC Fight Night: Lincoln on August 25th
Ricky Bandejas knocks out James Gallagher, handing him his first professional loss @ Bellator 204 on August 17th
Alexandre ‘Popo’ Bezerra lands a flying knee to knock out Magomed Idrisov @ PFL 7 on August 30th
Sadibou Sy finishes Caio Magalhaes @ PFL 7 on August 30th
Kailin Hill lands a vicious head kick KO to start off LFA 45 on July 20th
Niko Price with the hammerfist knockout from the bottom @ UFC Fight Night: Boise on July 14th
Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier becomes the second double champ in UFC history with his knockout of heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic @ UFC 226 on July 7th
Anthony Smith takes out a legend @ UFC Fight Night: Hamburg on July 22nd
Cristian Torres lands an uppercut from hell on Dashawn Boatwright @ LFA 46 on July 27th
Andrey Koreshkov spinning back kick’s the hell out of Vaso Bakocevic @ Bellator 203 on July 14th
Jose Aldo ends Jeremy Stephens’ night early with a liver shot @ UFC Fight Night: Calgary on July 28th
Michele Martignoni ties for fastest knockout in Bellator history @ Bellator 203 on July 14th
Raoni Barcelos is successful in his debut with a vicious combo against Kurt Holobaugh @ UFC Fight Night: Boise on July 14th
Alex Nicholson and Kelvin Tiller both score two of my favorite knockouts of the year @ PFL1 on June 7th
Marlon Moraes ends Jimmie Rivera’s night 33 seconds into the fight @ UFC Fight Night: Utica on June 1st
Brendan Allen faceplants Larry Crowe @ LFA 43 on June 22nd
Anthony Smith crumples Rashad Evans with a vicious knee @ UFC 225 on June 9th
Juan Archuleta uncorks a monster right hand to end Robbie Peralta’s night @ Bellator 201 on June 28th
Josh Parisian lands a spinning back fist to put Greg Rebello out on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on June 26th
Petr Yan has a successful debut against Teruto Ishihara @ UFC Fight Night: Singapore on June 23rd
Saturday 15th December, Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii – Bellator will bring MMA excitement to Hawaii for the first time.
The main card will be headlined by Aloha State’s pride in the women’s division, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane against an ex-UFC fighter in Valerie Letourneau for the Bellator woman’s flyweight championship.
In the co-main event, former champions collide as MMA Veteran and former UFC champion, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida makes his Bellator debut against former Bellator Middleweight champion, Rafael Carvalho.
To catch all the action, download the DAZN app to tune in at 8:30pm EST/5:30 CST for prelims, and at 10:00pmEST/7:00pm CST for the main card.
The play-by-play and results will be brought to you by Danty on the @MMA_Motion twitter page.
- Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Valerie Letourneau via Third Round Submission (Triangle Choke)
- Lyoto Machida def. Rafael Carvalho via Split Decision (29-28 x2)
- Neiman Gracie def. Ed Ruth via Fourth Round Submission (RNC)
- Liam McGeary def. Muhammad Lawal via Third Round KO
- Nainoa Dung def. Kona Oliveira via Third Round TKO
- Maki Pitolo def. Chris Cisneros via Third Round Submission (RNC)
- Timothy Teves vs. Canaan Kawaihae
- Kai Kamaka III def. Shojin Miki via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
- Ryan Dela Cruz vs. Spencer Higa
- Dustin Barca def. Isaac Hopps via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28)
- Kala Hose vs. Marcus Gamble
- Russell Mizuguchi vs. Michael Nakagawa
Might be my top knockout of the year, Lyoto Machida (one of my all-time favorite fighters) recreates his famous crane kick against Vitor Belfort @ UFC 224 on May 12th – this was also Vitor’s retirement fight
John ‘Hands Of Stone’ Lineker puts down Brian Kelleher @ UFC 224 on May 12th
Phil Davis lands a perfect head kick on Linton Vassell @ Bellator 200 on May 25th
Featherweight champion Kevin Aguilar knocks out interim champion Thanh Le @ LFA 40 on May 25th
Gabriel Benitez slams Humberto Bandenay on his way to a KO victory @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos puts away Sean Strickland with a spinning heel kick and punches @ UFC 224 on May 12th
Dominick Reyes drops Jared Cannonier with a short uppercut @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th
Poliana Botelho scores the fastest finish in strawweight history with vicious liver kicks to end Syuri Kondo’s night @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th
On Wednesday, Bellator confirmed that SBG protege and Conor McGregor training partner, Peter Queally will meet former teammate Myles Price on the highly touted Bellator 218 card in Dublin, Ireland.
The fight will take place at lightweight and will headline the main card February 23rd 2019 at 3 Arena.
Queally (11-4-1) was signed to the Bellator roster in September after a campaign at Russian MMA promotion, Fight Nights Global starting in 2016. He competed four times under the FNG banner going 2-1-1. After winning his promotional debut unanimous decision against Igor Egorov, the SBG fighter dropped a majority decision to Islam Begidov before a controversial draw with Kuat Khamitov, the latter result being overturned from a majority decision loss.
His last appearance for FNG was undoubtedly his most impressive as “The Showstopper” scored a sensational first-round knockout against David Khachatryan in the headline act of FNG 87.
Price (10-7-0) is a former SBG teammate of Queally’s who signed for Bellator in July after picking up a loss in his fight against Norman Parke under the Brave Combat Federation banner.
Price called for a showdown with Queally on a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast where he was quoted saying:
“I was meant to fight Peter Queally, I think it was twice now, and he pulled out twice. He didn’t give my team any reason as to why he pulled out. I’d like to fight him because of that, to be honest,”
On a side note, both Queally and Pryce spent time on the opoosite side of the fence in the run-up to Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 229 lightweight title fight. Queally helped with preparations inside the Irishman’s camp, and Myles Pryce was present at AKA on the Khabib side.
– Brad Dalrymple
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