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# Tough Call
Parke pipped on the scorecards as his five-year undefeated run ends
Antrim’s Norman Parke suffered his first loss in five years.

NORMAN PARKE WAS unable to keep his unbeaten run going tonight at UFC Boston.

The Antrim native put in a brave performance against experienced Brazilian veteran Gleison Tibau, with the fight going all three rounds.

It was a difficult one for the judges to call — one gave it to Parke, but the other two had it in favour of Tibau, who took the victory by split decision on scores of 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.

The second round certainly went to Tibau, with Parke likely to have taken the third. The first was the closest of the three, but unfortunately for the 28-year-old Bushmills man it didn’t go his way.

The loss was Parke’s first in five years — a brilliant run that goes right back to March 2010 when he was beaten by fellow Irishman Joseph Duffy.

Parke said afterwards: “I think he won round two, I won round three, the first round was pretty close but I thought I did enough to win the fight.”

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