TORONTO – Canadian flyweight Malcolm (X) Gordon and featherweight Gavin (Guv’nor) Tucker were added to the UFC Fight Night card on November 20 in Las Vegas.
Gordon faces Ukrainian Denys (Psycho) Bondar while Tucker faces American Pat Sabatini.
The main event at the UFC’s Apex Production Plant will see Brazilian Ketlen (Fenomeno) Vieira, ranked seventh among bantamweight contenders, against No.8 Miesha Tate, a former 135-pound champion.
Gordon (13-5-0) comes off a decisive victory in July against Brazilian Francisco (Sniper) Figueiredo, the older brother of former UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo.
Bondar (14-2-0) made his UFC debut with eight straight wins.
Gordon, a 31-year-old Calgary player who now resides in Toronto, lost his first two UFC fights to China’s Su (Tibetan Eagle) Mudaerji and Sweden’s Amir (The Prince) Albazi. Mudaerji stopped him in 44 seconds in November in Las Vegas while Albazi submitted him to the first round in July 2020 in a short-term fight in Abu Dhabi.
Gordon, the first Canadian to compete on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, had won seven of his previous eight fights before making his UFC debut.
Tucker (13-2-0) just won a 22-second knockout in March at the hands of Dan (50K) Ige, ranked ninth among the featherweight contenders. It was the sixth-fastest knockout in UFC featherweight history.
Tucker, 35, from Ship Cove, NL, who fights in Halifax, had won four of his previous five fights in the UFC.
Sabatini (15-3-0) has won seven of his last eight fights, including two UFC outings.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 4, 2021