Norman Parke and Mike Wilkinson are the latest to announce their release from the UFC.
Despite their winning records, fighters like Norman Parke and Jared Rosholt have been relieved of their contracts leaving behind speculations that the UFC did not consider their fights exciting enough. Parke exits the UFC with a 5-3-1 record which includes his unanimous decision victory over Colin Fletcher in 2012 to win The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. On the other hand, Mike Wilkinson leaves with a 2-2 UFC record despite some of his exciting performances.
Parke (21-5-1) broke news of his release on his Facebook page, thanking the UFC and announcing his desire to return to competition sometime in the summer. Parke is 1-3 in his past four bouts, with two of those losses being close split-decisions. In February, Parke faced Rustam Khabilov in the prelims of UFC London, dropping a unanimous decision. Prior to that, Parke beat Reza Madadi via unanimous decision in front of his Irish home crowd. Parke entered that fight with back-to-back losses to Gleison Tibau and Francisco Trinaldo.
Mike Wilkinson (9-2) appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour hosted by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani where he announced his release from the UFC. Wilkinson, who was also surprised by his release, considered his latest UFC loss to be a “personal victory.” Following his first-round knockout of Niklas Backstrom as a heavy underdog, Wilkinson faced Makwan Amirkhani in his next bout who he lost to via unanimous decision in a competitive grudge-match. Wilkinson recently had a documentary filmed about him which airs next Thursday in Europe and Asia, which he believes will help build up his profile.