Mma | After UFC 215 Beatdown, Gavin Tucker Says Ref Is Blameless Despite Four Broken Facial Bones

At UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, the 31-year-old Tucker dropped abrutal and lopsided unanimous decision to Rick Glenn .The sheer amount of punishment that the Newfoundland nativeabsorbed, especially in the third round, led many to question whyreferee KyleCardinal didn’t halt the bout. When the judges scorecards wereread, Sean Gerke saw it a generous 29-27, while Dave Hagen scored the bout 30-25 with 10-8 rounds in the second and thirdstanzas. Sal D’Amato had it 30-24 for Glenn, with an appropriate10-7 in Round 3. It was the first loss of Tucker’s career.

On Monday, Tucker took to Facebook to give an update on hiscondition ” a grim one, at that ” but was adamant that Cardinaldeserved no blame for how the fight unfolded and was even thankfulfor the referee’s extreme latitude.

“I lost on Saturday. Stop blaming the ref for a bad call. That manlet me go out on my shield,” wrote Tucker. “He visited while I wasin the hospital and apologized. Was him and I in that cage. Ididn’t stop fighting. He saw that. He should sleep easy.”

Cardinal, a regular official utilized by the Edmonton CombativeSports Commission, is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under RodrigoMunduruca . He fought one professional MMA bout in October 2010,where he was knocked out by Lee Mein . TheGlenn-Tucker bout would up being the sole refereeing assignment forCardinal at UFC 215, though hewas reportedly slated to oversee two more bouts on the evening,including the co-main event between Rafael dos Anjos and NeilMagny.

Glenn scored liberally on the feet on Tucker, dropping him late inthe opening round and then turning up the pressure from there,leading to an overwhelming ground-and-pound assault in the bout’slatter stages. In his post, Tucker said that he sustained a jawfracture in the first round and has four broken bones in his face,including another vertical break in his jaw, as well as two brokenorbital bones.

“I fought my heart out,” Tucker added. “I’m a rare breed ofstraight savage and I don’t need social media to tell me that.”

Tucker’s full Facebook post follows below:

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