Norman Parke-Naoyuki Kotani Lightweight Duel Added to UFC Fight Night in Dublin

By Mike Whitman May 29, 2014
Norman Parke will face Naoyuki Kotani in Dublin. | Dave Mandel/

A lightweight matchup between Norman Parke and Naoyuki Kotani has been added to UFC Fight Night "McGregor vs. Miller."

Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced the booking Thursday. The July 19 event takes place at the O2 in Dublin and is headlined by a titular featherweight clash pitting Irish talent Connor McGregor against veteran Cole Miller.

Parke, 27, won “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” in 2012, posting three straight wins to begin his UFC career. The Northern Irishman last competed on March 23, fighting Leonardo Santos to a majority draw at UFC Fight Night “Shogun vs. Henderson 2.”

Kotani, 32, is a veteran of 50 pro fights spanning more than 13 years of competition. The Rings veteran completed a two-fight stint with the UFC in 2007, coming up short against Thiago Tavares and Dennis Siver. More recently, the Japanese talent has won 13 straight fights, kicking off 2014 with a unanimous decision victory over Yoshihiro Koyama under the Vale Tudo Japan banner.

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