UFC Fight Night 38 fight card: Norman Parke and Leonardo Santos fight to majority draw

It wasn't the best fight in MMA history and the results at UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Brazil reflect it as international 'The Ultimate Fighter' (TUF) winners Norman Parke and Leonardo Santos fought to a majority draw.

Parke opened southpaw in the first round while Santos worked from the more traditional orthodox stance. As expected, both used kicks to establish range and distance in the early going. The bout was temporarily halted with an inadvertent eye poke, but Parke, who absorbed the eye rake, seemed to no worse for the wear. Santos was able to land a punishing body kick and uppercut, but Parke responded by pressing Santos into the fence. The two traded strikes until Santos reached for a shot, but Parke was able to defend both in open space and against the fence. Referee Wernei Cardoso separated the two and again, both landed their own set of strikes: Parke with the short punches, Santos with the counter striking hooks.

The second frame opened with a fury as Santos landed a hard uppercut, but Parke scored with his own leg kicks and short punches. Santos attempted a double leg in the center of the cage, but Parke had none of it, pressing Santos into the fence, tight on hip to hip control. Seemingly out of nowhere, Parke is docked a point for grabbing the shorts against the fence, although without warning. Both fighters dueled in the clinch, each landing their own shots, although Parke was totally unable to threaten with the takedown.

Parke opened the third frame aggressively, landing kicks (mostly blocked) on Santos' arms and legs. Parke spent an awful lot of time pressing Santos in the clinch, albeit with very limited results even if he controlled the position. Despite a referee break, Parke went right back to the position and attempted everything he could, but could only manage minor trips and short knees or punches. The two eventually separated and opened up momentarily, only for Parke to use Santos' failed takedown attempt to yet again press him into the fence.

In the end, the judges saw it for 29-27 Santos, 28-28, and 28-28 to reach a majority draw. Santos' record moves to 12-3-1 while Parke changes to 20-2-1.

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