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UFC 162: Norman Parke Vs. Kazuki Tokudome

Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome

Into the lightweight division we head with Norman Parke (17-2) fighting for the first time since winning The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes by taking on Kazuki Tokudome (12-3-1). The referee will be Steve Mazzagatti.

Round 1: Big leg kick by Parke as the two southpaws square off in the center of the Octagon. Hook lands by Parke, but Tokudome answers right back with a strike of his own. Overhand left connects, but Tokudome doesn’t flinch. Parke really snapping off his leg kicks, and lands another left. Parke scores a quick takedown, as Tokudome pops back to his feet in an instant. Parke drops down again, but Tokudome takes advantage and rolls into the guard with a couple minutes left in the round. Neither fighter gaining an advantage on the ground, but Parke reverses and ends things on top.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Parke

Round 2: Tokudome’s corner was concerned with what happened at the end of the round, but nothing was said regarding an injury. Exchange of leg kicks by the two, and Tokudome catches Parke getting a little too close. Now it’s Parke coming back with heavy lefts, but Tokudome remains upright. One-two combo lands by Parke, as the Japanese fighter is not showing any concern with defense. Again, three straight lefts connect by Parke, and another. Parke shoots and hits a single-leg.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Parke

Round 3: Tokudome with a takedown, but Parke reverses things right away and has hold of his head. Tokudome back to his feet and fires off a pair of solid elbows, but he’ll need to do more over these final three minutes if he wants to win. Back to the ground and Tokudome is inside the guard. Tokudome lands a head kick and scores with a huge takedown. Parke, though, quickly gets back to his feet with 90 seconds left. After 14 minutes, these two are still exchanging and standing, throwing lefts at will at each other.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tokudome

Norman Parke def. Kazuki Tokudome via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)