UFC officials announced the bout on Monday.
The bout will be in support of the middleweight main event featuring the UFC’s brash Brit Michael Bisping and perennial 185-pound contender Mark Munoz at the Phones 4u Arena (formerly Manchester Arena).
Parke (18-2) isn’t exactly on his home turf, but being from Northern Ireland, he’s likely to have a throng of fans in the crowd come fight time.
Parke won the lightweight division of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, defeating Colin Fletcher in his official promotional debut at UFC on FX 6 in Australia. That secured the TUF title for Parke, who then went on to defeat Kazuki Tokudome at UFC 162 in July.
He is currently on an eight-fight winning streak heading into UFC Fight Night 30.
Tuck’s resume isn’t as lengthy as Park’s, but entering the cage with an unblemished 7-0 record, he shouldn’t be overlooked either.
Tuck made his UFC debut by earning a unanimous decision over Zhang Tiequan at UFC on Fuel TV 6 in China, but has either knocked out or submitted his other six opponents.
Parke and Tuck were originally supposed to have met as part of the UFC on Fox 7 fight card in April, but the bout was scrapped when Tuck suffered an undisclosed injury in the days leading up to the fight.
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