Norman Parke Says Thiago Santos Is a Test For Him
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.21.2014
And one he expects to pass...
Norman Parke recently spoke about his fight with Thiago Santos this weekend at UFC Fight Night 38. Check out the highlights:
On whether you can hear the crowd during a fight: "Of course you can still hear. People say you can never hear the crowd during the fight, but you can hear them. Only when you're first starting off in your career and you're that nervous, you're just thinking of him. But when you can see everything clearly, that's when you know you're more relaxed. When you land a nice shot, you can hear the crowd. But you won't be hearing too much cheering for [Santos] during the fight, I can guarantee you that. You'll be hearing a pin drop."
On fighting in Brazil: "We just got here (to Brazil), and we [haven't gone] too far from the hotel. I'm not going to far. From here to the pool, that's it. But maybe after the fight, there's a couple of nightclubs. I know if I end up there, I probably won't end up going back home until the next week after."
On Myles Jury's win over Diego Sanchez: "I knew. [Jury] just beat him everywhere, man. He played a smart fight and never got caught up in a brawl."
On his fight with Santos being a test: "When I get past Santos, I'll be 4-0 (in the UFC), so the next test will be a high-ranked opponent. This here is just a test to see how I perform. I know how it goes. I've got it all planned out in my head."
On Santos: "[Santos] won ‘TUF: Brazil' at 170 pounds, but he's actually a 155-pounder. Tall, rangy, very good jiu-jitsu. If things get too heavy there, I'll just stay heavy on top, if the fight even goes there at all. I can see it being more of a standup fight, and he'll be trying to take me down. I'll have the edge on my feet once I find my range. I'll beat him all day standing up there."