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TUCK MAKES UFC HISTORY

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By Patrick Lujan

Guam MMA fighter Jon Tuck has been officially placed on the UFC Macau fight card scheduled for Nov. 10, according to UFC.com.

It is the first time in history that a Guam athlete will be fighting in a big UFC event, the highest-level of mixed martial arts competition in the world.

The fight card is highlighted by a main event featuring former UFC champion Rich Franklin and former Strikeforce champion Cung Le set in the 15,000-seat The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel.

The 28-year-old Tuck (6-0) will be going up against 34-year-old Zhang Tiequan  (15-3) from China Top Team in a lightweight bout. Zhang’s last three fights were in the UFC, going 1-2.

Also on the card is recently-signed PXC welterweight champion Hyun Gyu Lim.

Tuck follows JR Hattig as Guam’s professional athletes to make it to the highest level in their respective sport. Hattig made it up to the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006.

Here’s the full fight card for UFC on Fuel TV 6 in Macau:

Cung Le vs. Rich Franklin (Middleweight, 5 rounds)

Stanislove Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva (light heavyweight)

Paulo Thiago vs. Dong Hyun Kim (welterweight)

Mac Danzig vs. Takanori Gomi (lightweight)

Kyung Ho Kang vs. Alex Caceres (bantamweight)

Jon Tuck vs. Zhang Tiequan (lightweight )

John Lineker vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (flyweight)

Tom DeBlass vs. Riki Fukuda (middleweight)

Jeff Hougland vs. Takeya Mizugaki (bantamweight)

Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Marcelo Guimaraes (welterweight)

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