When Joseph Duffy withdrew from his main event bout of ‘UFC Fight Night: Dublin’ against Dustin Poirier the UFC offered Norman Parke the opportunity to step in on short notice for Duffy. Parke accepted the bout, however Poirier didn’t, which brought him criticism from many fans.
Parke went on to fight Reza Madadi in the co-main event, and won the bout via unanimous decision in a lackluster one-sided fight. The way Poirier sees it, he actually saved Parke’s career given that Parke was on a 2-fight skid prior to his fight against Madadi.
He spoke on The MMA Hour to explain further:
“I’m at ease with the decision. Even before seeing him fight I knew he was a boring fighter that I could have beat, you know? That wasn’t the thing, it was just the whole principle of the guy I was going to fight and the fight he had behind him and being in his hometown. I trained 12 weeks for that guy. Norman is not a tough fight. He’s on Twitter saying all kinds of stuff. Dude, he should be happy he fought that guy he fought, because he’d be getting his walking papers this week. I saved his career, he should thank me.”