Australia’s UFC beast Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa on Sunday did what he does best – knocked someone out, then celebrated with a “shoey”.
The 28-year-old – who’s proudly from western Sydney – ended Brazilian heavyweight Augusto Sakai in the second round of their three-round fight at UFC 269 in Las Vegas.
It was a fourth straight win for Tuivasa and, just as he’s become known to do, celebrate the victory by jumping up onto the wall of the octagon, grabbing a shoe from someone in the crowd, pouring a beer into it and skolling it as the audience went wild.
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“Las Vegas!” he yelled at the top of his voice, earning the loudest cheer of the night so far.
Once he settled down, Tuivasa was able to speak about the win.
“Like I said in my past interviews, I feel like I’m getting better and better at this sport.
“I hear my corner say ‘that left’s opening up’. I just had to stay on my edge and stalk him and hunt him down.
“I’ve said before I’m a banger from western Sydney, and I’ll bang on with anyone.”
In July, Tuivasa scored the best win of his UFC career when he knocked out former NFL player Greg Hardy, sending his opponent to the floor after only 67 seconds.
It was his third straight first-round knockout victory. His second-round win on Sunday ended that streak, but he’s certainly made a name for himself.
This victory will propel Tuivasa inside the top 15 heavyweight fighters in the UFC.