If your calls for a fight via Facebook and Twitter get you blocked, then do it the old fashioned way and write a letter.
That's the approach Norman Parke has taken in his quest to go toe-to-toe against longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender, Joe Lauzon, after J-Lau banned the Irishman from his Twitter feed.
You know, because he's not in high school.
Not one to give up, Parke penned this open letter to the scrappy 155-pounder and offered to make the long trip to Newark, New Jersey to face Joe at UFC on FOX 15 on April, 18, 2015. And as an added stipulation, if neither man can secure a finish, then both of them will donate their fight night earnings to charity.
Check out the letter below via Fightland:
Dear Mr. Joe Lauzon,
I am disheartened by your blocking of me on Twitter. You have always been a fighter I admired and love to watch. You come to fight and I respect that. It is for that very reason that I wish to fight you. So many fighters in the UFC are happy to fight for a decision win.
I see no reason for this fight not to happen. You lost your last fight, as have I, so neither of us can claim to be above the other right now. If you think I am not in your league I would like to point out I am 4-1-1 in the UFC since 2012 while you are 3-4 during the same period.
I have contacted Joe Silva expressing my desire to fight you. I am not sure of your medical clearance after getting badly TKO'd in your last fight but UFC on FOX 15 is taking place in New Jersey, not too far from Boston, on April 18. Failing that I would happily fight you anywhere at anytime.
I also propose a special stipulation to our fight. If neither of us secures a finish then both of us shall proceed in giving our fight purses to the Jimmy Fund. At the same time I propose that we set up a donation page so that fans who are looking to see this fight can donate (towards the Jimmy Fund). Also after what is sure to be a brutal and bloody encounter we can frame our fight gloves & shorts and auction them off with the money earned going towards the very same charity.
If you wish to accept then unblock me on Twitter and tweet me.
I look forward to your response.
‘Stormin' Norman Parke
As Parke stated, both men are coming off crushing defeats as "Stormin'" suffered his first loss in over five years when he came up short against Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 59 earlier this year. As for "J-Lau," his win streak came to an end at UFC 183 thanks to Al Iaquinta's heavy hands (video here).
The fight seemingly makes sense on paper, but it seems Lauzon isn't feeling it. Of course, if Joe Silva and Co. decide otherwise, these two talented lightweights could be trading punches inside the Octagon very soon.
Anyone opposed to this matchup?