This is the UFC Fight Night 30 live blog for Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck, a lightweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.
Parke, who is 2-0 in the UFC, will face Tuck, who is 7-0 in his career, on the main card.
Check out the UFC Fight Night 30 live blog below.
Round 1: Referee Leon Roberts oversees the action. We're off. Both men go high early. Parke blasts Tuck's midsection with a pair of kicks. Tuck eats a big straight left then closes the distance. Parke unloads a flurry. Parke turned away and called to Roberts for an eyepoke, and instead of waiting Tuck charged inside with a high kick. Tuck turns it on and stalks forward with straight punches. Parke firing off short counters. Slow battle so far. Tuck peppers from the outside then barely misses a high kick. Parke rips into Tuck with a counter left. Parke changes levels and slams Tuck to the canvas at the horn. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Parke.
Round 2: Tuck circles and eats a steady barrage of straight punches, answering with a hard kick to the body. Parke stalking forward, turning it on. Another lightning quick left counter from Parke. Tuck is fading. Parke wades inside and connects on a three-punch flurry. Another flurry backs up Tuck. Parke letting his hands go now, landing that left hand over and over. Tuck launches a flying knee to the body. Parke continues to stalk forward with combinations. Parke dodges a superman punch then cracks Tuck with a left uppercut. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Parke. (20-18 Parke.)
Round 3: Tuck's corner told him that he needs a finish. They're probably right. Wild capoeira kick misses from Parke. Tuck appears hesitant. Parke eats a right and shakes his head. Tuck starts to open up, Parke fires right back. Parke connects on a nice inside uppercut. Parke cracks Tuck with a left that makes him drop his mouthpiece. Inexplicably Tuck bends down to pick it up. Parke pours on the strikes while Tuck reinserts his mouthpiece. Weird sequence there. Tuck eats another uppercut. 90 seconds left and Tuck finds a home for a combination. Parke still stalking forward, lands a stiff right hand. Parke is relentless from the outside. Another big flurry inside from Parke. Parke whiffs on a few wild kicks at the horn. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 Parke. (30-27 Parke.)
Norman Parke def. Jon Tuck via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)