Gavin Tucker

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Gavin Tucker
BornGavin Tucker
(1986-06-17) June 17, 1986 (age 33)
St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Other namesGuv'Nor
The Newfoundland Terror
ResidenceSt. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Reach66 in (168 cm)
Fighting out ofHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
TeamTitans MMA
Years active2011-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission4
By decision2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gavin Tucker (born June 17, 1986) is a mixed martial arts fighter who is currently signed to the UFC featherweight division and had previously won the Extreme Cage Combat promotion championship in the featherweight category.[1][2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born and raised in Ship Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Tucker began competing in mixed martial arts in 2009.[3] He competed on the regional scene, almost exclusively in The Maritimes of Canada.

He was the reigning Extreme Cage Combat Featherweight Champion when he was signed to the UFC in early 2017.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Tucker made his promotional debut on February 19, 2017 against Sam Sicilia at UFC Fight Night 105.[5] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[6]

Tucker faced Rick Glenn on September 9, 2017 at UFC 215.[7] Tucker suffered his first professional lost on this fight by unanimous decision.[8] Many criticized the referee should have stopped the fight as Tucker was clearly exhausted and receiving 142 significant strikes out of 184 landed. UFC president Dana White tweeted "This ref SUCKS" during the fight and tweeted after the fight after fight "Look at the poor kid's face!!! The ref needs his ass whooped!!!!" while other blamed Tucker's corner not throwing the towel to stop the fight.[9] Despite Tucker suffered 4 broken bones on his face as the result of the hellacious beating, he defended the referee's, Kyle Cardinal,[10] decision on his Facebook.

Tucker was expected to face Andre Soukhamthath in a bantamweight bout on October 27, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 138.[12] However, Tucker pulled out of the fight in early October citing an undisclosed injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Jonathan Martinez.[13]

Tucker is expected to face Seung Woo Choi on July 27, 2019 at UFC 240.[14]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Extreme Combat Championship
    • Featherweight Championship (One defense)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
11 matches 10 wins 1 loss
By knockout 4 0
By submission 4 0
By decision 2 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–1 Rick Glenn Decision (unanimous) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 10–0 Sam Sicilia Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 9–0 Chris Coggins KO (head kick) ECC 25 July 23, 2016 1 0:37 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Defended the ECC Featherweight Championship.
Win 8–0 David Harris TKO (punches) ECC 22 March 14, 2015 2 2:02 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Won the vacant ECC Featherweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Lyndon Whitlock Submission (rear naked choke) ECC 15 February 16, 2013 3 3:09 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Catchweight (146 lbs) bout.
Win 6–0 Robert Rende TKO (punches) ECC 14 April 27, 2012 3 2:27 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Featherweight debut.
Win 5–0 Brandon White Submission (rear naked choke) ECC 13 January 27, 2012 1 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 4–0 Christopher Corporon Submission (armbar) Elite 1: Wild Card 2 October 15, 2011 1 1:35 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Win 3–0 David Spence Submission (armbar) ECFP: Resurgence May 27, 2011 1 3:09 Trenton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 2–0 Michael Waugh TKO (punches) ECC 12: Rage April 16, 2011 1 3:02 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 1–0 Ryan Connor Decision (unanimous) ECC 11: Redemption February 19, 2011 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Newfoundland's Gavin Tucker wins UFC debut in Halifax, as Mom leaves the Rock for the 1st time". CBC News. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Gavin Tucker shines in UFC debut, brutal knockout ends Fight Night card in Halifax". Metro News. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Halifax's Tucker 'buzzed' about UFC debut". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Fernando Quiles Jr. (2017-01-22). "UFC signs Canadian featherweight prospect Gavin Tucker". Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  5. ^ Jonathan Briggins (2017-01-29). "'Ramped up the intensity:' Hometown favourite Gavin Tucker gearing up for UFC debut in Halifax". Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  6. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-02-19). "UFC Fight Night 105 results: Gavin Tucker runs circles around Sam Sicilia for easy UFC debut win". Retrieved 2017-02-19.
  7. ^ Dan Hiergesell (2017-05-27). "Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn first fight added to UFC 215 on Sept. 9 from Edmonton". Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  8. ^ "UFC 215 results: Rick Glenn overwhelms Gavin Tucker, who earns no mercy from referee". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-10. Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  9. ^ Russell, Ess. "Despite many being upset with ref in Gavin Tucker vs Rick Glenn bout, Tucker says 'stop blaming the ref'". BJ Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Gavin Tucker". Tapology. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  11. ^ "Tucker: Ref 'should sleep easy' after UFC 215". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  12. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-07). "Andre Soukhamthath meets Gavin Tucker during UFC Moncton" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  13. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-10-10). "Jonathan Martinez replaces Gavin Tucker against Andre Soukhamthath during UFC Moncton" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  14. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-06-04). "Gavin Tucker meets Seung Woo Choi during UFC 240 in Edmonton" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-06-04.

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