Tai Tuivasa is just 24 years old, but he already holds six career knockout wins to his credit in six pro fights inside the cage.
This coming Saturday night at UFC 221, Tuivasa will get the chance to make it 7-for-7 when he faces Cyril Asker as part of the pay-per-view main card from the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia.
A native of Sydney, “Bam Bam” fought seven times as a pro boxer, going 5-2 with three knockouts. He split time between MMA and boxing, winning the Australian Fighting Championship heavyweight title before signing with the UFC last year.
In his Octagon debut, Tuivasa landed a flying knee in the first round that finished off Rashad Coulter and earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus.
Now, he’ll get the chance to shine once again on a card featuring some of the biggest heavyweight names in MMA. Last November, he competed on the undercard as Fabricio Werdum topped Marcin Tybura. This time, Mark Hunt takes on Curtis Blaydes is a heavyweight co-main event.
Tuivasa, who missed much of 2016 with a knee injury, became the first indigenous Australian to win a fight inside the Octagon when he bested Coulter. In a few years, he could make history again as the first to wear UFC gold.