UFC MACAU: ZHANG VS TUCK

UFC Macao – FUEL TV 6
November 10, 2012
Venetian Cotai Arena
Macau, China

Match 5 – Zhang TieQuan versus Jon Tuck

Zhang enters the cage with a nation’s responsibility on his shoulders.  He meets brown belt peer Tuck who may not have the cage experience he has, but definitely has game and comes in with a height and reach advantage.  Zhang gets a huge TD at the beginning of the round to welcome the freshman from Guam.  Tuck is able to capitalize from the bottom and eventually work some slick transitions as Zhang works some equally slick escapes from desperate positions, although he is definitely being out-grappled.  Both men volley on their feet and on the ground in a fantastic display that has both Chinese and Tuck fans roaring through three full rounds.  Zhang brings the fight full on to Tuck in the final round in a surprising display of striking, but it’s not enough to eek out a win for the hometown crowd.

Jon Tuck defeats Tiequan Zhang via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)