Undefeated UFC Prospect Tai Tuivasa Gets Destroyed By Junior Dos Santos

Undefeated UFC Prospect Tai Tuivasa Gets Destroyed By Junior Dos Santos

In a fight that had major implications on the future of the UFC heavyweight division, Junior Dos Santos and Tai Tuivasa squared off in Adelaide tonight, in a contest that many thought would allow a new contender to emerge, or prove that an old champion deserves to be back into the title picture.

Tuivasa’s involvement in tonights UFC Fight Night 142 main event saw him make history as the first aboriginal fighter to top the bill in the world’s largest MMA promotion. Regardless of tonight’s result, it would be hard to argue that Tuivasa hadn’t earned the opportunity to close the show, the shoey-loving, former rugby player, had amassed a perfect record in his eight fights before tonight while collecting seven stoppages along the way.

Despite failing to get the finish in his last bout, Tuivasa displayed his patience and cardio in a decision victory over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski back at UFC 225 in June.

His opponent, Junior Dos Santos came into tonight’s fight looking to make up for lost time, having recently missed out on a year of competition after being flagged by UFC-affiliated anti-doping agency USADA. When the Brazilian did return from his suspension, he comfortably defeated UFC-debutant Blagoy Ivanov in the main event of UFC Fight Night 133 in May.

Unlike the Hunt Vs. Willis bout earlier in the night, there didn’t appear to be any pre-fight animosity between Tuivasa and Dos Santos. If anything, now the fight is over the pair will likely enjoy a shoey together and prove to be good mates. Earlier this week Tuivasa shared a photo of him and Dos Santos holding a baby kangaroo, and in another visit as part of the promotion of tonight’s event, Dos Santos shared a post on Instagram commending Tuivasa and his people’s culture.

The pre-fight friendliness was bound to be put on hold when both men entered the Octagon, however. The two fighters clearly knew how much a win could mean for their respective careers and fought as such.