Tuesday 24 October 2017

Video: Norman Parke pokes fun at opponent's burglary conviction ahead of UFC Dublin 'war'

Fergus Ryan

Fergus Ryan

‘Stormin’ Norman Parke from Bushmills, Co. Antrim has the pleasure of welcoming back Reza Madadi to the UFC this Saturday night.

This is now the co main event following a reshuffle to the card after Joe Duffy was forced to pull out due to a concussion sustained in sparring. It has all the potential to be fight of the night and things should get very heated at the weigh-in Friday.

Reza ‘Mad Dog’ Madadi had an enforced layoff from his MMA and UFC career. A conviction for burglary in 2013 saw him spend a number of months in jail and get cut from the UFC roster.

At the UFC Dublin media day Madadi proved there is very much two sides to his story.

While talking candidly about his time in prison Madadi also recalled an incident where he saved the lives of a young boy and his father.

The family had travelled from Los Angeles to a UFC event in Sweden. After taking a moment to pose for a picture he witnessed a potential tragedy unfold. Without taking a second to think Medaddi found himself in icy waters pulling the father and son to safety.

Parke and Madadi have sparred across Twitter constantly in the weeks leading up to the fight and its safe to say there will be no love lost between the two when they finally meet in the Octagon.

Known as a volatile career ‘Maddog’ was calm discussing his fight and his opponent. However, if his previous UFC fights are anything to go by, we can expect fireworks at the weigh-in tomorrow afternoon.

The Fight Club Q&A with Max Holloway, Andrei Arlovski and Rory MacDonald from 1445 and the UFC Dublin weigh-in will be streamed live on independent.ie from 1600 Friday 23rd October.

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