Norman Parke has announced that his upcoming KSW lightweight title bout with Mateusz Gamrot will be the last fight of his mixed martial arts career.
The 9-time UFC veteran and winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes revealed that news this afternoon on his personal Twitter account. Parke’s (23-5-1) final fight is slated for May 27th at KSW 39 inside the 58,000 capacity National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.
My fight in Poland is my last ever fight, so it's finish or be finished, @KSW_MMA can keep the belt. Gamrot be prepared for a tough fight.
— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) May 9, 2017
Parke recently competed for the BAMMA lightweight title in his home country of Northern Ireland against Dubliner Paul Redmond and while he won the bout via decision, Parke missed weight in advance of the bout and was therefore ineligible to become champion.
The native of Bushmills will be looking to add the KSW lightweight title to the Cage Contenders 155-pound belt he won early in his career when he takes on the 12-0 Gamrot later this month.
Parke, 30, says that his final bout will be “finish or be finished”, though he hasn’t yet elaborated on the reasoning for his decision to step away from the sport.