Norman Parke will get his wish, as the Northern Ireland fighter will compete in Dublin this July at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Miller.
Set for Ireland on July 19 from The O2, the card features the return of Conor McGregor from knee surgery against Cole Miller. Parke will face Naoyuki Kotani on the card.
Parke (19-2-1) is unbeaten in four UFC fights, but is coming off a majority draw with Leonardo Santos earlier this year. He was deducted a point for illegally grabbing the shorts of Santos and it cost him the win.
Among his three UFC wins includes a decision over Colin Fletcher to win The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes title. The 27-year-old also holds Octagon wins over Jon Tuck and Kazuki Tokudome, and is unbeaten in his last 10 fights overall.
Kotani (33-10-7) hasn’t lost since a 2010 split decision defeat to current UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal. He went 0-2 in his first stint with the UFC, dropping fights to Dennis Siver and Thiago Tavares in 2007.
Since the loss to Masvidal, Kotani has won 13 fights. He owns 25 submission wins to his credit and another five knockout victories.
Below is the current list of bouts announced. The card is expected to air on UFC Fight Pass.
Featherweight: Conor McGregor vs. Cole Miller
Welterweight: Gunnar Nelson vs. Zak Cummings
Flyweight: Brad Pickett vs. Ian McCall
Flyweight: Neil Seery vs. Phil Harris
Middleweight: Tom Lawlor vs. Cody Donovan
Light Heavyweight: Cody Donovan vs. Nikita Krylov
Middleweight: Trevor Smith vs. Tor Troeng
Lightweight: Norman Parke vs. Naoyuki Kotani