In the octagon, Tai Tuivasa has frequently been the hammer. But with a swift knockout defeat at UFC Orlando, he received a second dose of being the nail.
Just 54 seconds into their heavyweight match on Saturday at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, Tuivasa was dropped by Sergei Pavlovich. The Australian was struggling to recover after getting busted during the opening encounter when his opponent ended the game with four well-placed blows.
Tuivasa had a five-fight winning streak until suffering consecutive losses to Pavlovich and Ciryl Gane within the previous three months, which brought him back to earth.
Nevertheless, he appears unfazed after suffering a terrible first-round knockout loss to Sergei Pavlovich on Saturday night at UFC Orlando. 'Bam Bam' acknowledged his rivals in his very first comments following the defeat while also promising to evolve.
"Bam Bam" expressed regret to his fans who had been denied the traditional "shoey" that usually accompanies the Australian fighter's fights. On Instagram, the 29-year-old wrote:
"Fuck. Got done tonight 😔 Big love to my team fankyou for all y’all do ❤️ Congrats to @sergei__pavlovich got me first rocked me hard couldn’t recover. 👏🏽Time to come home see my family be back in the Area and regather 😌🥰 Last but not least. ORRRLAAAANDOOO Wooow what a crowd y’all really turned up tonight 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 I didn’t get to put on a show and a shoey tonight my bad I will be back. 💯🙏🏽🙏🏽 All my fans. Sick cunts love yahs ayyy 😘😘"
Pavlovich entered the bout as the No. 5 ranked heavyweight contender. He intended to seize Tuivasa's No. 4 ranking as he begins to nip on the list of those in contention for the championship. Pavlovich scored his fifth consecutive first-round knockout in the UFC and has been flawless since losing to Alistair Overeem in his 2018 promotional debut.
After his all-out battle with Gane, many in the UFC world felt that "Bam Bam" had reappeared in the cage too early.
While a lot of the UFC community seems to believe and were astounded by how quickly he eliminated Tuivasa.