Gavin Tucker vs Dan Ige goes down with Ryan Hall falling out of his matchup with Ige. Hall reportedly suffered a torn hip flexor while training causing his withdrawal from the contest.
UFC Fight Night 187 goes on March 13th at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The top of the marquee attraction for this card is Leon Edwards taking on replacement contestant Belal Muhammad.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported the news of this featherweight bout restructuring.
Fun matchup here. Gavin Tucker (@gavintucker6) replaces Ryan Hall in 145-pound bout against Dan Ige (@Dynamitedan808) on March 13, per sources. Ige wanted to stay on the date because he has a baby coming in April. pic.twitter.com/dKxNO3fznR
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 22, 2021
Sources, under the condition of anonymity, close to the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting following this report.
Gavin Tucker vs Dan Ige
Gavin Tucker carved out his name on the Canadian circuit as the ECC featherweight champion before journeying to the octagon. Tucker has a UFC record of 4-1 overall and is riding a three-fight win streak heading into this bout with Ige.
He has put together wins over Billy Quarantillo at UFC 256, Justin Jaynes at an August 2020 UFC Fight Night, and Seung Woo Choi at UFC 240.
There were initial rumblings around Tucker possibly fighting Cub Swanson in May. But the prizefight was never officially confirmed.
Prior to his UFC entry, Dan Ige fought on several circuits including Pancrase, Legacy FC, CFFC, and Titan FC. He jettisoned to the UFC level after a July 2017 win over Luis Gomez on Contender Series.
Ige has a 6-2 record overall in octagon trips with the pair of losses bookending that run as of this writing.
Dan Ige first tasted defeat in his UFC debut to Julio Arce via unanimous decision at UFC 220. He is also looking to rebound from a loss in his last outing to Calvin Kattar via unanimous decision at a UFC Fight Night in July.
Ige looks to redirect his path after having a six-fight win streak snapped. He picked up wins over Edson Barboza, Mirsad Bektić, Kevin Aguilar, Danny Henry, Jordan Griffin, and Mike Santiago through that stretch.