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TUF Smashes winner Parke faces tough Tuck test

ESPN staff
February 7, 2013
Parke beat Colin Fletcher to win a UFC contract in December © Getty Images

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TUF: The Smashes winner Norman Parke has been handed a tough first post-series fight in the shape of undefeated Jon Tuck.

The pair will face off on the undercard of Benson Henderson's lightweight title defence against UFC new boy and Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez in San Jose, Califonia on April 20.

The Northern Irishman beat fellow Brit Colin Fletcher on the Gold Coast in December 2012 to win the lightweight tournament of the first UK v Australia Ultimate Fighter series.

His opponent is currently on a seven-fight winning streak in his professional career, making his debut in the UFC against Zhang Tiequan in Macau in November last year.

Guamanian Tuck failed to enter the TUF house on a previous season, losing to eventual finalist Al Iaquinta in a preliminary fight, breaking his toe in the process.

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