Recent Bellator signee Norman Parke has announced to his fans that he plans on stepping away from the sport of mixed martial arts.
One of Europe’s finest lightweight talents took to his official Twitter account to reveal that he is retiring from MMA due to his dissatisfaction with the sport and the manner in which it is run.
Hi folks im going to retire from mma, I am sick of how this game works, not going to say anymore about it, I still plan to fight on bkb this year an thats about it. If promotion offers me a good offer for 1 fight I might take. Hope you will watch me do bkb anyways
— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) January 7, 2019
Parke recently signed a deal with Bellator MMA and looked set to make his promotional debut but now, it appears as though his only fighting appearance of 2019 will come from a dip into the realms of bare-knuckle boxing, unless a promotion makes him a fitting offer for his retirement bout.
With that being said, Parke posted a trio of laughing emojis three hours after making his original statement.
— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) January 8, 2019
It’s hard to know what to make of this. MMA retirements can be a fickle thing and from what we’ve seen recently, Parke is still very much fighting at a high-level so let’s just hope we can watch the Antrim-native in action again this year.
If he does stick to his guns on this one, he will leave the sport with a pro-record of 25-6-1 that includes a UFC run that saw him go 5-3-1.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena