It wasn’t the debut Manhattan’s Jake “The Librarian” Lindsey was hoping for on Saturday night.
Making his first appearance in the UFC, Lindsey lost to Jon Tuck by technical knockout (verbal tapout) 2:47 into the third and final round at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M.
Tuck (8-1), known as the “The Super Saiyan,” was behind Lindsey (9-1) in a hold when Tuck struck Lindsey with his right heel in the rib cage, forcing the almost immediate tapout by the 27-year-old.
According to Fox Sports 1, Lindsey also complained about vision problems at the conclusion of the 155-pound nationally-televised fight.
“When I picked Jon up and slammed him in the third (round), I don’t know what exactly happened, but my vision went double and blurry,” Lindsey said during the post-fight interview. “I’m not sure exactly how, but he was catching me with some shots to the body, and my lower body started to spasm.
“Hats off to him on the win.”
Lindsey — who fights out of Manhattan’s Combative Sports Center — was appearing in the first of a three-fight deal he signed in May with the UFC — the highest level of competition for mixed martial arts.
According to UFC.com, Lindsey landed 117 strikes against Tuck — 82 percent of his punches thrown — compared to Tuck’s 86 strikes. Tuck, who had three takedowns, controlled the fight for 5:58, while Lindsey was in control for 2:55 of the fight.