Norman Parke felt he did enough to win his fight against Gleison Tibau on Sunday night.
Speaking after his first defeat in five years the Bushmills man praised Tibau for the victory.
“Win some, you lose some,” said Parke in Boston.
“I’m very humble in defeat! Well done Gleison Tibau.
“Thank you for the opportunity to fight.”
Parke battled all the way against his Brazilian opponent and went the full three rounds but lost out 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 on the judges’ scorecards.
It was Parke’s first defeat since he was beaten by Joseph Duffy - the last person to beat Conor McGregor.
“I think he won round two, I won round three, the first round was pretty close but I thought I did enough to win the fight,” said Parke.
Parke had a major opportunity on his hands. If he secured victory over Tibau, it would be the biggest win of his career and separate him from the pack.
Unfortunately it didn’t go to plan on the night at D Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, but Tibau praised his opponent in the post fight press conference.
“It was a tough fight,” Tibau said after the win. “Parke is a good, strong fighter. Taking him down was tough.
“I had five weeks to get ready for this fight, and started at 195 pounds.
“I’m going to try to keep my weight lower and fight four more times this year and set the record for the most wins of all time in the UFC.”
Featherweight sensation Conor McGregor remained sensational in his UFC Fight Night main event against Dennis Siver, knocking out his foe in the second round.
But it was what happened after the bout ended that will be the topic of conversation, as McGregor stormed out of the Octagon to confront the man he will face next – UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
“He’s one of them saying it’s all talk,” a fired up McGregor said.
“It’s not all talk. I’m gonna whip everyone in this division. I said that, and I will do it.”
“I said two minutes, I meant two rounds,” McGregor said, referring to his pre-fight prediction that he would defeat Siver in two minutes. “I felt comfortable throughout, I don’t think any of these pose a threat. Every single one of them keep talking about the talk, but never once in your life will you hear them talk about the skill or the technique, because they know I own that.”