|Born||16 March 1993|
|Other names||Bam Bam|
|Residence||St. Marys, Australia|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||262 lb (119 kg; 18.7 st)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tai Tuivasa (born March 16, 1993), is an Australian mixed martial arts fighter currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of September 20, 2018, he is #11 in the official UFC heavyweight rankings.
Tuivasa was born in Sydney to an Indigenous Australian mother, a Samoan father and 11 siblings. He grew up in the western Sydney suburb of Mt Druitt and predominantly played rugby league in his youth. He was signed by the professional Sydney Roosters rugby league club in 2010 but gave up playing the sport when he developed a gambling addiction.
Mixed martial arts career
Tuivasa made his professional MMA debut in August 2012 in his native Australia. He fought sporadically over the next four years, amassing a undefeated record of 5 wins with all of his fights ending in knockouts.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In November 2016, it was announced that Tuivasa had signed a four-fight contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. According to Tuivasa, he had to sit out an extended period due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery.
Tuivasa would make his UFC debut against Rashad Coulter on 19 November 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura. Tuivasa won the fight via knockout due to a flying knee in the first round and became the first indigenous Australian to win a UFC fight. This win also earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.
Tuivasa faced Cyril Asker on 11 February 2018 at UFC 221. He won the fight via technical knock out in the first round. On 13 February 2018 Tuivasa entered the UFC's official rankings for heavyweight fighters, coming in at position 15.
Championships and accomplishments
- Australian Fighting Championship
- AFC Heavyweight Champion (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||8 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||8–1||Junior dos Santos||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa||2 December 2018||2||2:30||Adelaide, Australia|
|Win||8–0||Andrei Arlovski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 225||June 9, 2018||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||7–0||Cyril Asker||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC 221||11 February 2018||1||2:18||Perth, Australia|
|Win||6–0||Rashad Coulter||KO (flying knee)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura||19 November 2017||1||4:35||Sydney, Australia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||5–0||James McSweeney||TKO (corner stoppage)||Australian Fighting Championship 17||15 October 2016||1||5:00||Melbourne, Australia||Defended the AFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Brandon Sololi||KO (elbow)||Australian Fighting Championship 16||18 June 2016||1||0:21||Melbourne, Australia||Won the AFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Gul Pohatu||TKO (punches)||Urban Fight Night 5||12 December 2015||1||0:44||Liverpool, Australia|
|Win||2–0||Erik Nosa||TKO (punches)||Gladiators Cage Fighting: Gladiators 3||9 November 2012||1||0:28||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||1–0||Aaron Nieborak||TKO (punches)||Gladiators Cage Fighting: Gladiators 2||31 August 2012||1||N/A||Sydney, Australia|
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|7 fights||5 wins||2 losses|
|7||Lose||5–2||Demsey McKean||UD||3||15 April 2016||The Melbourne Pavilion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia||Frank Bianco Cup Eight Man Heavyweight tournament Final|
|6||Win||5–1||David Tuitupou||UD||3||Frank Bianco Cup Eight Man Heavyweight tournament Semi Final|
|5||Win||4–1||Hamad Alloush||TKO||2, (3)
|Frank Bianco Cup Eight Man Heavyweight tournament Quarter Final|
|4||Lose||3–1||Michael Kirby||UD||3||3 April 2014||Eight man heavyweight tournament final|
|3||Win||3–0||Willie Nasio||TKO||1, (3)
|Eight man heavyweight tournament Semi final|
|2||Win||2–0||Brett Smith||DQ||1, (3)
|Eight man heavyweight tournament Quarter final|
|1||Win||1–0||Nathan McKay||KO||3, (4)
|13 December 2013||Olympic Park Sports Centre, Homebush, New South Wales, Australia||Professional debut|
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
14 wins, 2 losses[a]
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- Tuivasa's kickboxing record was announced at the beginning of his bout with Ismael Lazaar.
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- Tai Tuivasa breaks into UFC heavyweight rankings
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- "UFC 225 results: Tai Tuivasa bloodied, battered, but outslugs Andrei Arlovski over three rounds". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
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- The halfcast podcast (2017-10-30), The Halfcast Podcast #1, retrieved 2017-12-24
- The halfcast podcast (2017-11-23), The Halfcast Podcast #2, retrieved 2017-12-24
- The halfcast podcast (2017-12-07), The Halfcast Podcast #3, retrieved 2017-12-24
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- "Tai Tuivasa". Boxrec. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
- "♦♦ Ismael Lazaar vs Tai Tuivasa ♦♦ 16-10-'14 ♦♦ ᴴᴰ". Retrieved 2018-08-15.