Gavin Tucker


Destroyed by Dan Ige in 22 seconds
March 13, 2021
Tucker lost to Dan Ige via KO (punch) at 0:22 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Tucker was betrayed by his chin in what was the biggest fight of his professional career up to this point. The 34-year-old Canadian entered on an impressive three-fight winning streak, but one right hand straight down the pipe from Ige put an end to that in an instant. It's a particularly disappointing result considering Tucker had never been knocked out prior to Saturday. It's going to be extremely difficult for Tucker to string together enough victories to earn another bout as meaningful as this one at some point in the future.
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Scheduled for March fight
February 22, 2021
Tucker will fight Dan Ige on in a 145-pound bout March 13, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Tucker replaced Ryan Hall, who withdrew from this fight earlier in February. The 34-year-old has won three straight fights, defeating Seungwoo Choi and Justin Jaynes via submission and Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision. Meanwhile, Ige's six-fight win streak ended in July with a loss via unanimous decision to Calvin Kattar. Prior to taking the March 13 fight on short notice, Tucker had been scheduled to face Cub Swanson in the UFC's May 1 event, but that matchup has since been called off, according to Alexander K. Lee and Damon Martin of
Facing Cub Swanson
February 4, 2021
Tucker will meet Cub Swanson in a featherweight bout on May 1, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
The matchup features a pair of experienced fighters in the 34-year-old Tucker and the 37-year-old Swanson. Both are riding winning streaks, with Tucker winning three straight matches and Swanson winning two. Tucker earned third-round submission victories against both Seung Woo Choi and Justin Jaynes before beating Billy Quarantillo by unanimous decision in his latest fight.
Win streak at three
December 12, 2020
Tucker defeated Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Tucker has turned into a complete all-around fighter and this was perhaps his best effort yet. Giving up four inches in both the height and reach department to Quarantillo, Tucker made a concerted effort to fight in tight and string together combinations. He was able to keep his opponent off balance in addition to landing a handful of takedown attempts. Tucker is surprisingly athletic and mobile for such a muscular guy, and he seems to be legitimately improving each time out. The Canadian has won three in a row.
Facing Quarantillo in December
October 28, 2020
Tucker will face Billy Quarantillo in a featherweight bout at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Tucker and Quarantillo were requesting to fight each other since their initial booking in April was called off due to COVID-19 concerns. They'll get the chance to face off as they're both coming off wins. Tucker has won back-to-back fights, most recently defeating Justin Jaynes via submission (rear-naked choke) in August. Quarantillo has won his first three fights with the promotion, with his most recent win coming when he defeated Kyle Nelson via KO (punches) in September. Quarantillo has advantages in height and reach.
Back-to-back submission wins
August 9, 2020
Tucker defeated Justin Jaynes via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:53 of Round 3 at UFC on ESPN+ 32 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It wasn't easy sledding for Tucker early, as he was knocked down by a big uppercut in the first but ultimately was able to recover. He also threatened with a tight arm-triangle choke in the first, but Jaynes refused to tap and the clock ran out. The second round was really where Tucker found his groove, as he registered 63 significant strikes compared to just six for Jaynes. Tucker repeatedly fired off combinations, while Jaynes loaded up on big shots that were easily evaded. This pattern continued into Round 3, but Tucker came through with a big knee that again dazed Jaynes. In desperation, he shot for the takedown, but Tucker sprawled, took his back and locked in the choke. This time it was simply too tight and Jaynes had no choice but to tap. It was an outstanding effort that earned Tucker a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.