Born into a Protestant Unionist family and raised in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, Parke began training in Judo at the age of 16. He went on to be a National Champion in Judo as well as Freestyle Wrestling in 2009-2010 and 2011-2012. Later, after he also began training in Boxing, Parke transitioned into Mixed Martial Arts at the age of 20.
Before signing with the UFC, Parke compiled a record of 16-2, with 12 of his victories coming via submission. Parke's losses were against the veteran Greg Loughran and the then-undefeated Joseph Duffy.
Parke was introduced to the masses and given his first televised fight by Cage Contender on 24 July 2010, going on to fight for the promotion more times than anywhere else. In his last fight under the Cage Contender banner Parke claimed the vacant Cage Contender Lightweight Championship.
After going 14-2, Parke signed to face Anton Kuivanen at Fight Festival 29, in what would have been his first fight outside Ireland and the United Kingdom. However, the fight did not materialise and Kuivanen fought another fighter on the card. After a further victory domestically, Parke signed with Cage Warriors to face Brad Wheeler in February 2012. However, Parke withdrew after a hand injury. Parke returned in May 2012, where he defeated Stephen Coll via TKO, in what turned out to be his final appearance before joining The Ultimate Fighter.
In late 2012, Parke signed to be a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes - a regional version of the Ultimate Fighter series, which pitted Australian fighters against British fighters. Parke competed in the lightweight division and his first opponent in the show was Richie Vaculik, who currently competes at flyweight. Parke was able to hit Vaculik on the ground with elbows; one of which cut Vaculik on the top of his head. Parke was able to take Vaculik down again in the second round and controlled the fight from half-guard. Parke defeated Vaculik via unanimous decision to move onto the semi-final round.
In the semi-final round Parke was matched up against fellow Team UK fighter Brendan Loughnane. Parke won the fight via unanimous decision and moved onto the finals which took place live on UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson.
Parke made his UFC debut on 15 December 2012 at UFC on FX 6 which was also known as "The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes Finale". Parke would fight Colin Fletcher to determine the lightweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes. Parke controlled the entirety of the fight and won the fight via unanimous decision.
Parke was expected to face Jon Tuck on 20 April 2013 at UFC on Fox 7. However, the bout was scrapped during the week leading up to the event as Tuck was forced out of the bout with an injury.
Parke fought Kazuki Tokudome on 6 July 2013 at UFC 162. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
A rescheduled bout with Jon Tuck eventually took place on 26 October 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30. Parke won the fight via unanimous decision.
Parke faced TUF: Brazil 2 winner Leonardo Santos at UFC Fight Night 38. Due to a point deduction for Parke grabbing Santos' shorts, the bout ended in a majority draw.
Parke faced returning veteran Naoyuki Kotani on 19 July 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.
Parke was expected to face Diego Sanchez on 15 November 2014 at UFC 180. However, Parke pulled out of the bout in early October citing a knee injury and was replaced by Joe Lauzon.
Parke was expected to face Jorge Masvidal on 18 January 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59. However, in early December, Masvidal pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Gleison Tibau. Parke lost the fight via split decision.
Parke was expected to face Gilbert Burns on 30 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 67. However, Burns pulled out of the fight in late April and was replaced by Francisco Trinaldo. Parke lost the fight via split decision.
Parke faced returning veteran Reza Madadi on 24 October 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Parke faced Rustam Khabilov on 27 February 2016 at UFC Fight Night 84. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Following the loss to Khabilov, Parke was released by the UFC.
Parke faced Andrew Fisher on 1 October 2016 at ACB 47: Braveheart.He won the fight via unanimous decision.
On 24 February 2017, Parke made his debut for the BAMMA organization. He faced Paul Redmond at BAMMA 28 and won the fight by majority decision.Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes Lightweight Winner
Cage Contender Lightweight Champion (One time)