Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 10/24/15
Reza Madadi vs. Norman Parke
UFC: Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm (3Arena)
The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: UFC Fight Pass
Norman Parke and Reza Madadi fight Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 76 at the 3Arena.
Norman Parke enters this fight with a 24-4-1 record and has won 57 percent of his fights by submission. Parke has lost his last two fights and is coming off a May loss to Francisco Trinaldo. Parke is averaging 3.34 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 36.5 percent. Parke is averaging 2.28 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 27.2 percent. Parke isn’t the most exciting fighter in the world but usually finds ways to squeeze out the victory when it counts. Parke defends better than 65 percent of his strikes and 87.5 percent of his takedowns. Besides his last two fights, Parke finds a way to do just enough to be the last one standing. This will be Parke’s 14th career fight in Ireland, his hometown.
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Reza Madadi enters this fight with a 13-3 record and has won 62 percent of his fights by submission. Madadi has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a 2013 victory over Michael Johnson. Madadi is averaging 3.39 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 56.5 percent. Madadi is averaging 4.54 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 58.8 percent. Madadi has not fought in two years since he spent a year and a half in prison for burglary. It’s a shame considering Madadi is coming off the biggest win of his life and has proven to be an impressive takedown artist with the ability to finish fights rather quickly. My only real concern with Madadi is rust, as being out of the ring since April of 2013 is a long time. This will be Madadi’s first career fight in Ireland.
These odds are a little surprising to me, as Parke is a decent fighter, but he doesn’t do anything that wows you or that can end a fight on his terms. Madadi is crazy and has proven he can knock off top tier fighters.
Even without seeing him in the ring for more than two years, I’m going to take a shot with Madadi and the heavy plus money.