Tai Tuivasa might be a win away from doing the unthinkable

Think about leapfrogging the best combined martial artist of all time and the best heavyweight within the line for a title shot. Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa might be a win away from doing that to Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic.

On Saturday, fan-favorite and #3 ranked heavyweight Tuivasa will problem house crowd favourite Cyril Gane for his #1 contender spot in France’s first-ever UFC occasion.

Following a three-fight dropping streak, Tuivasa has scored 5 consecutive knockout victories. By shifting his coaching camp to the Champs UAE Health club in Dubai, he has eradicated distractions in his quest to combat the very best to offer for his beloved son and household.

Many have written off Tuivasa’s probabilities, as Gane is listed as a -600 betting favourite on BetOnline. UFC President Dana White said that “Gane is a giant, highly effective, heavyweight that strikes like a middleweight.” He received a lot of the putting exchanges in his lone loss, a decent determination to champion Francis Ngannou in January.

Regardless of that, “Bam Bam” has heavy arms, an iron chin, and the boldness of happening the highway to knock out his final opponent in his house state, former two-time title challenger, Derrick Lewis. He is aware of that “confidence is essential within the combat enterprise” and that “if I dink [Gane], I sink him.”

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As a fighter who’s characterised by his electrical walkouts, gleaming smile, and legendary post-fight shoeys, Tuivasa admits that he’s “fortunate [he’s] received extra cool” than different fighters. He has all the time been true to himself and stated that the belt by no means actually mattered to him till just lately. On The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, he said that his son thought wrestler John Cena would beat him as a result of he has a belt. If he can deliver the heavyweight belt house to Australia, his son will likely be satisfied that his father can beat anybody on the earth.

Can Tuivasa’s composure and newfound championship motivation lead him to shock the Paris crowd? If he’s ingesting a “shoey” within the octagon on the finish of his major occasion, he won’t simply be celebrating a victory. He will likely be giving a toast to being the following challenger for the heavyweight crown.

(Photograph by Carmen Mandato/Getty Photographs)

Anik SubramanianAnik Subramanian

Anik Subramanian is an aspiring MMA journalist based mostly in the USA. He found his ardour for MMA when the game was the primary to return to dwell motion in the course of the pandemic. He’s additionally a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has been a lifelong sports activities fan.


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