Norman Parke remained undefeated in the UFC with a second round TKO victory over Naoyuki Kotani at UFC Fight Night 46. Parke overwhelmed his opponent after a dominant round one, and was able to secure the victory in style with a flurry of shots on the ground to grab a much-needed TKO.
After drawing his last contest, the TUF Smashes winner said he wanted to make a statement in his fight with Kotani, and handed the Japanese fighter his first loss in 14 contests. Kotani was making his first UFC appearance since 2007, and was overpowered by the prospect Parke.
Following the fight, Norman Parke proceeded by calling out Diego Sanchez, and stated that he wants a top 20 opponent in his next bout. With such an impressive win and a 4-0-1 record inside the Octagon, that seems very realistic for the future.
Here is how the fight played out:
TUF Smashes winner Parke looking to stay undefeated in the UFC, while Kotani is looking to spoil the party in his Octagon return.
Round 1 – Parke takes the centre, with Kotani circling away. Kotani seems very nervous. He lands a couple of body shots then tries to get a takedown but easily defended, and Parke gets the clinch before separating. Body kick from Parke. He dodges the punch of Kotani and lands a leg kick. Kotani with a nice left but struggled with the takedown. Parke tags Kotani coming in, and once again the Japanese lightweight is unable to get the fight to the mat. Parke has him in the clinch against the cage, lands a couple of short shots but not staying too active there. A short elbow from Parke on the exit. Kotani with a combination then a body kick. Another poor shot in for the takedown, though. Parke once again reversing the clinch before separating. Flying knee from Parke just misses. Then a head kick. And another. Neither landing flush. Parke is the aggressor, and lands a body kick but Kotani catches it. He fails to capitalise though. Parke with the knees then an uppercut on the exit from the clinch. Kotani struggling to mount any offence. Parke with a disguised left, but it grazes Kotani. Kotani lands a short left before entering the clinch, a nice knee then a couple of shots from Parke on the exit. He’s doing a great job on the exit from the clinch, and Kotani goes in for a takedown once again but a deep stuff from Parke, who ends up on top with the back of the Japanese fighter. This will make a big impression on the judges. Short elbows from Parke, and he’s overwhelming Kotani so far. Huge shots at the end of the round!
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Parke.
Round 2 – A groin kick halts the action momentarily. Kotani having a hard time finding the range. Overhand right by Parke, who then shrugs off the takedown and doesn’t follow Kotani into his guard. Parke once again gets the clinch, and gets a big slam on his opponent, getting side control from the get-go. Kotani trying to stay active but it’s all Parke. Short elbows once again from the Northern Ireland native. Parke is overwhelming Kotani, and keeping busy with them short elbows. Kotani trying to escape but can only regain half-guard. Them elbows are brutal, and he’s tagging Kotani with every attempt. Kotani with the ankle lock attempt but Parke escapes before any trouble. They’re up and Parke has him against the cage. He trips him again, and Kotani is giving up his back now, in the turtle position. Short elbows from Parke, and some big shots. This could be it. Mark Goddard steps in and it’s a fourth UFC win for Norman Parke! Parke jumps out of the Octagon but he’s quickly dragged back in.
Result: Parke via TKO (punches) at 3:41 in second round.
Parke calls out Diego Sanchez, calls him a punk, and says he has won around £5k through betting on himself. Great post-fight interview, and a great performance all around.
Check out the play-by-play for the full card here. Here are the results for the event as they stand.
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (punches) at 3:41 in second round.
Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (leg kick & punches) at 2:07 in first round.
Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:33 in second round.
Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (punches) at 4:57 in first round.
Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:06 in first round.