Following Gavin Tucker’s decision loss to Rick Glenn, which saw him take a vicious beating in the latter half of the bout, the featherweight’s telling fans to stop criticizing the referee.
Many people have relayed they think the referee, Kyle Cardinal, should have stopped the UFC 215 fight, since Tucker appeared to be badly hurt and was bloodied and battered. The Canadian fighter, however, posted the statement below, following his first pro-loss (statement via Facebook):
In victory say little. In defeat ….less.
ill keep it short and sweet. i lost on Saturday. stop blaming the ref for a bad call. that man let me go out on my shield. he visited while i was in the hospital and apologized. was him and i in that cage. I didnt stop fighting. he saw that. he should sleep easy.
I have four broken bones in my face. the first which started on the jaw in rd 1 and the fight went down for me from there. i have 2 fractured orbital and another vertical fracture in the jaw according to the x ray/CT scan. the heartbreak of losing hurts much worse. throughout the day i wiped alot of blood off my cheek and i can’t say for sure there weren’t some tears in there. I fought w blurred vision and 3 different Rick Glenns kicked the fuck out of me for the last two rds. (i tried to hit the one in the middle) congrats to my opponent. i hope you go far because i plan on seeing you again.
I fought my heart out. I’m a rare breed of straight savage and i don’t need social media to tell me that. however…i am appreciative of all the support i received on here. which is why I’m writing this. I have no excuses and won’t stand for anyone making them for me. that’s not how the north folk get it done.
I have a great Family. a great team. and the greatest women. ill be twice the man for this.
thats it….. Tucker 2.0 is on the way
Tucker had won 10 straight fights prior to facing Glenn. The latter, and former WSOF champ, moved his record to 20-4-1 with the decisive win.