When Andrei Arlovski made his professional MMA debut in M-1 Global, Tai Tuivasa was just six years old.
This Sunday (AU) the undefeated Western Sydney prospect will face the Belarusian veteran at UFC 225 in Chicago, Illinois.
In just two UFC fights “Bam Bam” has enlivened the heavyweight division. If two first-round knockouts weren’t enough to capture the attention of fans, Tuivasa is almost just as entertaining with a microphone. A fight against experienced Arlovski is a big opportunity for the 25-year-old, but Tuivasa is confident he’ll get the job done.
“It’s an honour for me to get the chance to share the ring with someone like this, especially someone with his resume,” Tuivasa said of Arlovski. “But it’s that time. He’s had his time and it’s time for the young blood to move in and do my thing.
“This is the fight that all of this work has been for. I haven’t trained this hard or done all this for nothing, and this is the fight to show the world that I’m ready and that I’m no joke.”
In fact, all of Tuivasa’s seven professional wins have come by way of first-round knockout. He expects this fight to be no different in entertaining the fans.