TUF winner Norman Parke announces release from the UFC after February loss at UFC Fight Night 84

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The UFC has released a former Ultimate Fighter winner, as Norman Parke revealed on Facebook Friday that he’s lost his spot on the roster.

“I just wanna say a huge thanks to the UFC for giving me the great opportunity to compete at the highest level in combat sports,” Parke wrote. “[I’ve] had many great memories that will stay with me forever!! I’m now looking to fight this summer so what ever comes up [I’ll] be ready to go!! On any show anywhere..

“Thank you to all my fans for following my journey… This ain’t no April fools joke.”

The 29-year-old fighter out of Northern Ireland won the UFC’s “The Smashes” season in 2012, defeating Colin Fletcher by decision in the finals. In the just over three years since then, Parke would go 4-3-1, with all three of those losses coming in his last four fights. The final defeat came by decision in February against Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 84 in London.

Penick’s Analysis: Much like the release of Jared Rosholt earlier this week, this isn’t really all that surprising. He had a winning record in the UFC, but his fights were never the most thrilling, and with losses in three of four, he was an easy cut for the organization. As a TUF winner he might get another shot with a solid run, but this particular release probably should have been expected after the Khabilov fight.

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