Round 1: Zhang takes the center of the Octagon, but eats a jumping knee. He quickly returns fire by clinching and planting Tuck on the mat, landing in Tuck’s full guard. Tuck snags Zhang’s arm, rolls with it, maintains control of the arm, but Zhang has his legs triangled around Tuck’s head. Zhang escapes the armbar. Tuck escapes the inverted triangle and transitions to Zhang’s back. Tuck briefly takes full front mount and then retakes Zhang’s back in a scramble. He’s got the rear naked choke on, but it’s wrapped around the jaw, not under the chin, and he gives it up. Zhang escapes and returns to his feet just before the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Tuck.
Round 2: Tuck lands a hard right, but Zhang answers back with several combinations that stagger Tuck. Tuck fires back, however, launching a jumping knee. But much like round one, Zhang clinches and puts him on his back again. Zhang tries to pass guard, but Tuck ends up on top in half guard following the scramble. Tuck starts to set up and arm lock, but uses it as a distraction to gain full mount. Tuck looks to be setting up a triangle from the full mount, but instead transitions to Zhang’s back. He maintains Zhang’s back until the end of the round, but can’t find any openings. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Tuck.
Round 3: Zhang starts off with round landing several punches, but both guys are looking a little tired. Zhang bides his time and lands another strong punch combination, rocking Tuck, but Tuck answers with a jumping knee. Zhang maintains his ground and rocks Tuck again with another combination. Tuck seems content to stand with Zhang, but he’s losing the battle on the feet in this round. Zhang lands a nice low kick right hand combination that staggers Tuck back. Zhang just keeps coming forward, chopping away with short one-two and low kick/punch combinations. Tuck seems to be running on fumes to finish the fight. Zhang keeps throwing, but can’t land the big shot that he needs. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 for Zhang.
John Tuck def. Tiequan Zhang by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), R3