A winning Octagon record wasn't enough to save Norman Parke. The one-time 'TUF Smashes' winner announced Friday via Facebook that he had been released from the UFC.
I just wanna say a huge thanks to the ufc for giving me the great opportunity to compete at the highest level in combat...Posted by 'Stormin' Norman Parke on Friday, April 1, 2016
MMA Fighting subsequently confirmed the news of Parke's release.
Parke (21-5-1) made his UFC debut in 2012 as a member of Team UK on 'The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes,' where he won a trio of decisions over Richie Vaculik, Brendan Loughnane, and Colin Fletcher to claim the season's lightweight crown.
The 29-year-old native of Northern Ireland went on to achieve immediate success inside the Octagon, rolling to an undefeated 4-0-1 record to kick off his UFC career. His run culminated with his only career UFC finish, a second-round TKO over Naoyuki Kotani at the promotion's memorable 2014 stop in Dublin, Ireland.
From there, though, Parke fell upon hard times, losing three of his last four fights, included a pair of controversial split decisions against Gleison Tibau and Francisco Trinaldo. Following another decision loss to Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 84, Parke was cut loose by the UFC.