LAS VEGAS – Mick Parkin beat Caio Machado with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night 232 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Take a look inside the fight with Parkin, who got his second straight decision win, both in the UFC, after starting his career with six consecutive finishes.
Caio Machado vs. Mick Parkin
Result: Mick Parkin def. Caio Machado via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Updated records: Parkin (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Machado (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stats: Machado won the striking battle and nearly doubled up on Parkin in significant strikes, but Parking had more than 6 minutes of control time.
Parkin on the fight's key moment
“I had a game plan. It was to clinch and slow him down. I think that worked. Maybe I could start just a little bit faster in the first round. I felt like I was just standing in front of him. I should have moved my feet a little bit more. With him being left handed, I never want to be dipping that way. I felt like I dipped that way quite a lot. It felt like I was getting hit with shots I shouldn’t get hit with. But I’ll have to watch it back.”
Parkin on the close fight
“I think he won the first round. It was a bit of a blur. I thought I definitely won the second. And then I think the last two minutes, I pushed the pace hitting with some big shots. I think that’s what won it, maybe the last two minutes of the third round.”
Parkin on a tough test
“The last fight, I know in the decision that was a lot tougher, faster pace. (I have) just a few things to work on, but I haven’t watched it back yet, so I can’t really comment on it. I feel like it was a hard fight, and I feel like I definitely need them.”
To hear more from Parkin, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
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