Ship Cove’s Gavin Tucker suffers four broken bones in face in first UFC loss

Published on September 11, 2017

Ship Cove native Gavin Tucker went to Nova Scotia to study music at St. FX, but ended up becoming a professional MMA fighter

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Gavin Tucker took a bad beating in his second trip to the octagon in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as he lost a unanimous decision to Rick Glenn at UFC 215 Sarturday night in Edmonton.

The Ship Cove native, who won his UFC debut with a dominant performance over Sam Silicia earlier this year in Halifax, was bruised and battered in a fight that many people feel should have been stopped in the third round.
Glenn, about five inches taller than Tucker, took home a one-sided decision with scores of 30-25, 30-24 and 29-27 as the judges clearly had no trouble seeing who was the best man in the cage this night.
Glenn improved to 5-1 in his past six fights, while Tucker lost for the first time as a pro.
On his Facebook Page, Tucker didn’t want anybody to make excuses for him and didn’t want people blaming the referee, who he said visited him in the hospital, for not stopping the fight.
He was bloodied and bruised from the battle, revealing in his post that he has four broken bones in his face, the first of which started on the jaw the opening round and then went downhill from there.
“The hearbreak of losing hurts much worse,” Tucker wrote on his FB page. “Throughout the day I wiped a lot of blood off my cheek and I can’t say for sure there weren’t some tears in there. I fought with blurred vision and three different Rick Glenns kicked the shit out of me for the last two rounds. I tried to hit the one in the middle. Congratulations to my opponent.”