Matt Hughes once said about unbeaten mixed martial artists "Show me a fighter with a zero in the loss column, and I'll show you someone who hasn't fought anyone yet."
Jon Tuck seemed to live out this saying Saturday at UFC Fight Night 30. The Arena MMA fighter from Guam took an unbeaten record into his fight against TUF: Smashes lightweight champion Norman Parke, but quickly found he was no match for the Northern Ireland fighter.
Parke (19-2) dropped Tuck (7-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with a unanimous decision victory Saturday in Manchester, England. The judges' scores were 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.
Tuck had his strongest round in the first, a back-and-forth standup affair. But Parke turned up the pace late in the round and also scored a late takedown.
Parke really turned it on in round two, letting his hands go and scoring punches in bunches. He punctuated the round by ducking superman punch and cracking him with an uppercut.
Tuck visibily faded in round three, at one point losing his mouthpiece and stopping to pick it up, though Parke didn't quite let him. Parke continued with the volume and speed and cruised to victory.
"That was the game plan, I wanted to push the pace and force him to make bad decisions," said Parke. "He was a tough guy, I give him credit."