Ris­ing UFC star Gavin Tucker re­turns to the cage with Edmonton fight

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL - SALTWIRE ME­DIA HAL­I­FAX, N.S.

Gavin Tucker, the Ship Cove, N.L. na­tive who fights out of Hal­i­fax, will make his sopho­more ap­pear­ance in the UFC oc­tagon seven months af­ter he wowed the crowd at UFC Fight Night 105.

Tucker, 30, will re­turn to the cage on Sept. 9 at UFC 216 in Edmonton against fel­low feath­er­weight Rick Glenn.

Tucker is 10-0 in his pro­fes­sional fight­ing ca­reer, in­clud­ing a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory over UFC vet­eran Sam Si­cilia in Hal­i­fax back in Fe­bru­ary.

At the time, Tucker—who trains out of Ti­tans MMA in Hal­i­fax, used the home crowd to his ad­van­tage and ran cir­cles around Si­cilia, but could not land the knock­out.

“I wanted to fin­ish in my de­but, but Sam’s tough,” Tucker said fol­low­ing the win in Fe­bru­ary. “I don’t know if ev­ery­one’s got skulls like that in the UFC.”

Tucker will have his hands full once again as his op­po­nent has the edge in ex­pe­ri­ence and size.

De­spite be­ing two years younger than Tucker, Glenn (19-4-1) has 14 more fights worth of ex­pe­ri­ence and is 1-1 in the UFC.

At an even six feet, the Iowa-na­tive is also five inches taller than Tucker. He earned a split de­ci­sion win over Phillipe Nover in his last fight on Feb. 11.

This is the only fight to be an­nounced so far for UFC 216.

Gavin Tucker of Ship Cove to re­turn to the UFC oc­tagon on Sept 9 at UFC 216.

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