By Jay Tan
Photos courtesy of Ray Kasprowicz / Ultravista.com
It wasn’t the 2010 kickoff that he wanted, but Legends’ resident lightweight Tommy Gavin fought the good fight this past weekend, facing Jake Swinney (Xtreme Couture) at “Fight Night III,” presented by MTX Audio and Tuff-N-Uff, at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Swinney caught Gavin in an armbar at 1:31 of the first round, winning (as listed) by TKO.
Gavin, always a man of few words, simply said “I’m disappointed. I made a mistake. Can’t wait to get back out there, fight again, and redeem myself.”
According to his teammates and cornermen, Gavin started things off early, connecting with a right cross and scoring the takedown. However, Swinney was able to catch Gavin’s arm and transition to an armbar. After trying to wrest out of the predicament, Gavin was forced to tap before any real damage was done.
“I was too worried about rushing and finishing the fight. I left my arm out when I was trying to brace off him. He took it. I made a mistake and he capitalized and took the armbar. I had to tap,” he lamented.
“He was looking good, ‘til he got caught. He fought it for awhile, like 15 seconds,” said teammate Eddie Jackson.
In classic “no excuses” form, Gavin was back to the drawing board on Monday, training for the next call to fight. “Everyone rebounds from a loss. That’s it. Just – no excuses. Next time, just go out and take care of business.”
In other Tuff-N-Uff action that night:
155 lbs. – John Hahn (Xtreme Couture) defeated Jovon Lorenzo (Freestyle) via TKO, R1, 1:28 sec.
170 lbs. – Dustin Chevalier (Striking Unlimited) defeated Jesse Bowler (Filipino MMA) via KO, R1, 0:16 sec.
145 lbs. – Shane Larsen (Culture of Intensity) defeated Eric Center (Xtreme Couture) via split decision.
170 lbs. – Charles Lee (Xtreme Couture) defeated Paul Garcia (MTX) via TKO, R1, 0:58 sec.
135lbs. – Jesse Romero (Xtreme Couture) defeated Colton Bowler (Filipino MMA) via unanimous decision.
185 lbs. – Tim Bowman (Striking Unlimited) defeated Brandon Donnelly (Warrior Training Center) via TKO, R1, 0:32 sec.
145 lbs. – Roman Isbell (Striking Unlimited) defeated Scott Kelsey (Xtreme Couture) via unanimous decision.
125 lbs. – Junior Gomez (Hawaiian Fighting Arts) defeated Richard Junio (Striking Unlimited) via TKO (armbar), R1, 1:35 sec.
155 lbs. – Gil Guardado (Xtreme Couture) defeated Jon Gorton (Team Quest) via unanimous decision.
145 lbs. – Alex Brooks (Hawaiian Fighting Arts) defeated Justin Vadnais (Vadnais Fight Team) via TKO, R3, 0:44 sec.
135 Lbs. Tuff-N-Uff Title Defense – Jimmy Jones (Xtreme Couture) defeated Maurice Senters (Striking Unlimited) via TKO, R1, 2:43 sec.
150 lbs. – Larry Mir (Vadnais Fight Team) defeated Anastacio Cruz (Team Aftershock) via TKO, R1, 0:35 sec.
155 lbs. – Ryan Couture (Xtreme Couture) defeated Joe Tussing (Team Hollywood FC) via TKO (rear naked choke), R1, 1:07 sec.
Tuff-N-Uff returns to their residence, the Orleans Hotel & Casino, on February 26th. Legends anticipates sending several fighters, including Gavin, to that event. Ticket and hotel reservation details will be posted shortly here and at www.TuffNUff.net and www.OrleansCasino.com.
Tommy Gavin was sponsored for this fight by X-Pole and Proformance Sports Training.