Jon Tuck

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Jon Tuck
Born Jonathan Cruz Tuck
(1984-08-28) August 28, 1984 (age 30)
Chalan Pago-Ordot, Guam, United States
Other names Super Saiyan
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Hagåtña, Guam, United States
Team Alliance MMA
The MMA Lab
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 9
By knockout 3
By submission 5
By decision 1
Losses 2
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Jon Tuck
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup
Gold medal – first place 2010 Abu Dhabi, UAE Open Light [3]
Silver medal – second place 2010 Abu Dhabi, UAE -78 kg [3]

Jonathan Cruz Tuck (born August 28, 1984) is an American professional mixed martial artist. Tuck is the first Chamorro native from Guam to be signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and competes Lightweight division.


Tuck grew up with a love of martial arts, which he attributes to being from the culture of warriors, the Chamorros. Tuck began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA with his cousin, about six years before coming to the UFC. Tuck attended college at the University of Guam and was studying physical education before dropping out because of his career in fighting. However, he does plan on finishing his college education in the near future. Before becoming a professional MMA fighter, Tuck also worked as a power plant operator.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Tuck made his professional debut in 2007, earning his first win over Joe Nauta via rear-naked choke early in the first round. His second fight was against John Salas, winning via TKO (doctor stoppage).

On November 17, 2007 Tuck made his debut in Pacific Xtreme Combat against Giovanni Sablan. He shows his grappling skills by defeating Sablan via rear-naked choke.[5] After a year layoff he returned to fighting. He defeated Thomas Calvo via Rear-Naked-Choke in the first round.

On November 21, 2009 he made his debut in Gorilla Warfare, in a Superfight against his toughest opponent yet, URCC Welterweight Champion and Martial Combat Champion Eduard Folayang. He defeated Folayang via KO in just eight seconds.[6]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Career[edit]

Tuck competed in the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup. He won his gold medal match against Mohammed Naser in the Open Light division, and placed second in the -78 kg division.

Comeback in MMA[edit]

After competing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments all over the world, Tuck finally returned to MMA, defeating former Strikeforce fighter Tristan Arenal. Tuck got hit with some solid punches, stayed calm and remained in the pack during the first round but he got a takedown. He then knocked Arenal unconscious with ground and pound punches.[7]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In February 2012, Tuck was announced as a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 15.[8] In his first fight, Tuck lost via unanimous decision to eventual finalist Al Iaquinta in the elimantion round to get into the house. Tuck dislocated a toe during the fight.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Tuck made his official promotional when he faced Zhang Tiequan on November 10, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 6.[10] Tuck won the fight via unanimus decision.[11]

Tuck was expected to face Norman Parke on April 20, 2013 at UFC on Fox 7.[12] However, the bout was scrapped during the week leading up to the event as Tuck was forced out of the bout with an injury.[13]

The rescheduled bout with Parke eventually took place on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[14] Tuck lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Tuck was expected to face Yosdenis Cedeno on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42.[15] However, Cedeno pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer |Jake Lindsey.[16] He won the fight via submission in the third round due to heel strikes to the body.

Tuck faced Kevin Lee on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[17] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Tuck faced Tae Hyun Bang on May 16, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 66.[18] Tuck won the fight via submission in the first round, which also produced a Performance of the Night bonus.[19][20]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–2 Tae Hyun Bang Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber May 16, 2015 1 3:56 Pasay, Philippines Performance of the Night
Loss 8–2 Kevin Lee Decision (unanimous) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Tuck was deducted one point for a groin kick in round two.
Win 8–1 Jake Lindsey Submission (heel strikes to the body) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov June 7, 2014 3 2:47 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss 7–1 Norman Parke Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 7–0 Zhang Tiequan Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le November 10, 2012 3 5:00 Macau, SAR, China
Win 6–0 Tristan Arenal KO (punches) Pacific Xtreme Combat 28 November 26, 2011 1 3:47 Pasig, Philippines
Win 5–0 Eduard Folayang KO (punch) GW 3 November 21, 2009 1 0:08 Saipan, Guam
Win 4–0 Thomas Calvo Submission (rear-naked choke) Pacific Xtreme Combat 17 March 27, 2009 1 1:58 Mangilao, Guam
Win 3–0 Giovanni Sablan Submission (rear-naked choke) Pacific Xtreme Combat 13 November 17, 2007 1 4:41 Mangilao, Guam
Win 2–0 John Salas TKO (doctor stoppage) GHBW 2 May 28, 2007 1 5:00 Hagåtña, Guam
Win 1–0 Joe Neuta Submission (rear-naked choke) GHBW 1 Feb 9, 2007 1 2:13 Agana, Guam

Mixed Martial Arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Al Iaquinta Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Live March 9, 2012 1 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States One-round TUF entry fight.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Henderson vs. Khabilov". Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Jon Tuck - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved May 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Guam's jiu-jitsu world champion: John Tuck - News: On Air. Online. On Demand". Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Official UFC Fighter Profile". 
  5. ^ "Events - PXC 13 - Back from the Dead". 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  6. ^ |title=Jon Tuck KO's Eduard Folayang - Fight Video | |date= |accessdate=2011-12-20
  7. ^ "Jon Tuck KOs Tristan Arenal in sensational PXC 28 showdown | InterAKTV". 2011-11-26. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  8. ^ Staff (2012-02-27). "'The Ultimate Fighter 15' cast unveiled with 32 lightweight fighters". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  9. ^ Staff (2012-03-10). "Episode No. 1 recap: 'The Ultimate Fighter: Live'". Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  10. ^ zikesugawara (September 6, 2012). "Report: UFC on Fuel TV 6 fight card is all set including John Tuck vs. Zhang Tiequan". 
  11. ^ Gene Mrosko (2012-11-10). "UFC on FUEL TV 6 results: Jon Tuck takes decision over Tiequan Zhang". Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  12. ^ Staff (2013-02-07). "The Smashes Winner Norman Parke Gets Jon Tuck In San Jose". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  13. ^ Staff (2013-04-14). "Jon Tuck vs. Norman Parke pulled from Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 lineup". Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-09-02). "Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck joins UFC Fight Night 30 lineup in Manchester". Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  15. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-05-01). "UFC Fight Night 42 card complete with addition of Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Jon Tuck". Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  16. ^ Staff (2014-05-07). "Jake Lindsey replaces Yosdenis Cedeno at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque". Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  17. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2014-07-31). "Lee-Tuck added to UFC 178 card". Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  18. ^ Staff (2015-02-11). "UFC Fight Night 66 in Philippines adds five fights, including Tae Hyun Bang-Jon Tuck". Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  19. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-05-16). "UFC Fight Night 66 results: Jon Tuck masterfully taps out Tae Hyun Bang in first". Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  20. ^ Staff (2015-05-16). "UFC Fight Night 66 bonuses: Rare winners from UFC Fight Pass prelims". Retrieved 2015-05-16.