Gavin Tucker


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.
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Books fight with Jaynes in Las Vegas
July 22, 2020
Tucker (11-1-0) is scheduled to face Justin Jaynes (16-4-0) in a featherweight fight Aug. 8 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
The Canadian will be back in the Octagon for the first time in over a year after earning the 11th win of his career in his last fight at UFC 240 in July 2019, when he defeated Seung Woo Choi via rear naked choke. Tucker owns a 1-1 record overall since making his promotional debut in February 2017.
Quarantillo on tap in April
March 4, 2020
Tucker will face Billy Quarantillo in a featherweight bout at UFC Lincoln on April 25, Nolan King of reports.
Tucker made his first UFC outing in nearly two years at UFC 240 in July and he scored a submission victory (rear-naked choke) over Seungwoo Choi. "Guv'nor" now carries a professional MMA record of 11-1 following the victory. Quarantillo scored a UFC contract after appearing on the Dana White Contender Series, and he won his company debut over Jacob Kilburn via submission (triangle choke) at Fight Night in December.
Puts on grappling clinic in win
July 27, 2019
Tucker defeated Seungwoo Choi via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:17 of Round 3 at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.
Tucker seemed to be outgunned at range but was able to force the clinch against the longer, taller fighter whenever he wanted, scoring takedowns and outscrambling his opponent with relative ease. This came to a head in the third frame, when Tucker was able to hit a reversal and flatten his opponent out for the choke. Tucker was a much-hyped prospect before an excruciating loss to a journeyman fighter in Rick Glenn in September, but appears to be putting his game together well, which could lead to better results in the future. Tucker improves to 11-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
To make return in Edmonton
June 1, 2019
Tucker is set to return in a featherweight matchup against Seungwoo Choi at UFC 240 on July 27, Aaron Bronsteter of reports.
Tucker will make his first UFC appearance in nearly two years against Seungwoo Choi, who boasts a 7-2-1 professional record. He'll be giving up a sizable amount of height and reach to Choi, who dropped his UFC debut to Movsar Evloev in April. Choi was taken down five times in that contest, but Tucker has just one takedown over 30 minutes of fight time in the UFC. Tucker will stay in the featherweight division for this fight, rather than move down to bantamweight like he had been considering. The Newfoundland native is 10-1 overall during his professional career, although he lost his last match against Rick Glenn at UFC 215 in 2017.
Signs on to Fight Night 138 against Soukhamthath
August 8, 2018
Tucker will fight Andre Soukhamthath in a bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 138 on Oct. 27.
Tucker hasn't fought since suffering his first professional loss to the hands of Rick Glenn via unanimous decision in September of 2017, which was followed by a Facebook post a couple days later admitting he had broken a couple bones in his face. On the other side of the Octagon will be Soukhamthath, who is coming off a loss to Sean O'Malley in March via unanimous decision and carries a current record of 12-6.