Gavin Tucker on the mend

Dave Kearsey
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Surgery to repair torn rotator cuff has him out of cage indefinitely

HALIFAX,  N. S. — Gavin Tucker is going to endure a lengthy layoff from the cage, but he promises to be hungry when he returns.

Tucker, a Ship Cove native who hones his mixed martial arts craft full-time in Halifax, is recuperating from surgery to a torn rotator cuff. He suffered the serious injury while preparing for an Extreme Cage Combat featherweight (145-pound) title fight against Jesse Gross of Ontario.

Needless to say, Tucker’s record still stands at a perfect 7-0, but he won’t be up to his usual vigorous training regime for awhile. While on the mend and limited to very little physical activity, he plans on watching a lot of tape to help him prepare for his return to the cage.

“I crammed a lot of fights into a small amount of time and now I have a chance to sit back and look at stuff, and get a lot more technically sound and I’m going to,” Tucker said from Halifax earlier this week.

“I’m going to come back a lot more vicious,” he said.

He’s doing his best to remain patient while he works slowly to reconstruct his shoulder in due time. He’s only a week into his recovery so he wasn’t doing any kicking and jabbing when contacted for an update on his health and future in the mixed martial arts world.

“I can barely lift my arm. It’s a serious surgery,” he said.

Tucker hopes to be back in the cage on a full-time basis in four or five months with hopes of winning the featherweight crown.

He believes Gross caught a lucky break when he didn’t have to face him for the title. Oddly enough, Gross ended up losing the title to a lesser known in the featherweight division so he could very well be off Tucker’s radar even though he admits laying a beating on Gross at anytime would put a smile on his face.

The next challenge could actually be a teammate of Gross, No. 1-ranked fighter in the featherweight division Chris Hordacki, who is also known in MMA circles as The Polish Hammer.

Tucker took the opportunity to throw a jab at Hordacki.

“I’d love to get a nice easy fight like that for my comeback ... put him away early,” he said.

Tucker lives and breathes the sport so chances are his return will probably be sooner rather than later. His vision for the future is being able to be part of a UFC event in Halifax. He’s expecting UFC president Dana White to stage a fight card in Halifax in the next couple of years.

He would like to be one of the local fighters to be showcased in such a major promotion of the sport in his neck of the woods.

“I’ll be there.  Frothing at the mouth,” he said.

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Ship Cove, MMA

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