Gavin Tucker has agreed to step in and face Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 21, which is set to go down inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 13, 2021. Ryan Hall was originally in line to face Ige, but the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury in training.
It was previously reported that Tucker was set to make his return to face off against Cub Swanson at a planned “Fight Night”-themed event on May 1, 2021. He has won three in a row and 13 of 14 overall, going 3-1 so far during his short stint with UFC. He was last seen defeating Billy Quarantillo at UFC 256 in Dec. 2020. Ige, meanwhile, hasn’t competed since losing to Calvin Kattar at UFC Fight Island 1 in July 2020, snapping his six-fight win streak.
UFC Vegas 21 will feature a revamped main event that will see Leon Edwards return after lengthy layoff to take on Belal Muhammad. Also on the card, Light Heavyweight contenders Misha Cirkunov and Ryan Spann will throw down, while Zubaira Tukhugov takes on Ricardo Ramos in Featherweight action.