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Norman Parke announces imminent retirement from mixed martial arts

Norman Parke has announced that his upcoming fight for the KSW lightweight title will be the final bout of his professional career.

By John Balfe - 9 May 2017

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.

 

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.

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