Tai Tuivasa
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Shocking loss to Sergey Spivac
October 5, 2019
Tuivasa lost to Sergey Spivac via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:14 of Round 2 at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
This is going to go down as a massive upset relative to the Vegas odds -- Tuivasa was a -330 favorite -- but the truth of the matter is that the 26-year-old Aussie simply isn't very good. Yes, he has power, but his cardio is lousy, his takedown defense is atrocious, and his offensive arsenal is one-dimensional. Tuivasa earned knockout victories in his first two UFC bouts, but since then has come up with a poor performance in a unanimous decision win over the washed up Andrei Arlovski in June 2018 and has followed that up with three straight losses. Tuivasa finds himself at a career crossroads. Anyone with a pulse is worth keeping an eye on in the UFC's thin heavyweight division, but it's far more likely than not that we have already seen the best Tuivasa has to offer.
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To face Spivak at UFC 243
July 23, 2019
Tuivasa (8-2-0) is set to square off against Sergey Spivac (9-1-0) at UFC 243 in Melbourne on October 5, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Tuivasa, currently ranked No. 13 in the UFC heavyweight division, is coming off a loss via unanimous decision at UFC 238 in Chicago. He struggled early in the fight and ultimately failed to get anything going. Look for him to attempt a quicker start when he steps in the Octagon across Spivac -- a fight he should be favored in.
Does not appear up to the challenge
June 8, 2019
Tuivasa lost to Blagoy Ivanov via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
Tuivasa really struggled to get anything going in this fight. He threw some hard shots early. Those shots seemed to entirely deplete his gas tank. In the end, he was struggling to even make the final bell from a cardio perspective. Tuivasa started his UFC career with some hype, but now he looks like it might be a struggle to keep his job in the promotion.
Booked for UFC 238
March 22, 2019
Tuivasa will face Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 238 on June 9, Nick Walshaw of The Daily Telegraph reports.
Tuivasa is coming off his first professional loss at UFC Fight Night 142 when Junior dos Santos won by TKO. Ivanov's most recent loss was also to dos Santos, which occurred at UFC Fight Night 133 and was decided by unanimous decision.
Suffers first career loss in main event spot
December 1, 2018
Tuivasa lost to Junior Dos Santos via TKO (punches) at 2:30 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
Tuivasa showed a ton of promise in his first main event spotlight, but the end result proved that he still has much to learn. Tai did plenty of damage to JDS in the early going, most notably a kick to the outside of Dos Santos' knee late in the frame. Yet after eating a big punch from his opponent in Round 2, Tuivasa foolishly engaged JDS further instead of focusing on defense and he paid for it with his first career loss. Tuivasa is 25 years old, legitimately talented, and very marketable. Better days are ahead for the young Aussie.
Locks in fight vs. Junior dos Santos
September 6, 2018
Tuivasa will fight Junior dos Santos at UFC Adelaide on Dec. 2.
Tuivasa has come out swinging since joining the UFC, currently sitting with an undefeated 3-0 record that includes knockout wins over Rashad Coulter and Cyril Asker. After receiving a six-fight extension following his most recent victory over Andrei Arlovski in June, rumors swirled that Tuivasa was set to see an uptick in competition. That will certainly be the case in December with a fight now scheduled against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Dos Santos. Tuivasa will enter the fight at a two-inch height and reach disadvantage, but he should have all the motivation in the world considering a victory versus Dos Santos would represent a major opportunity to take the next step towards a future title fight.