One of the hottest prospects in the UFC heavyweight division backed up the hype surrounding him last night in Perth, as Tai Tuivasa finished Cyril Asker in the first round of their bout at UFC 221.
After winning his first fight in the UFC against Rashad Coulter in a devastating fashion last November, the trend continued as Tuivasa ran through Asker with vicious elbows and monstrous punches.
Body shots 👊
Even more elbows 💪
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) February 11, 2018
At just twenty-four years old, Tuivasa’s professional record now sits at 7-0, with all of his victories coming by way of first-round knockout.
Fans, media, and fighters took to Twitter to applaud the Australian’s performance:
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 11, 2018
And still 100% in first round finishes for Tuivasa. Dudes a beast!! #UFC221
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) February 11, 2018
The amount of damage Tai Tuivasa unloaded on Cyril Asker in, like, two minutes was cartoonish and utterly frightening. #UFC221
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) February 11, 2018
Speed, accuracy, athleticism, power, and only 24. High ceiling for Tai Tuivasa. #UFC221
— Brandon The Truth 💯 (@Brandon_Nocaute) February 11, 2018
Tuivasa mixed up his strikes beautifully. Elbows, body shots, punches to the head, it was awesome.
— Mookie Alexander (@mookiealexander) February 11, 2018
IF YOU DIDNT KNOW NOW YOU KNOW. TUIVASA IS A GOT DAMN BEAST #UFC221 HOLY SHIT
— Daniel (@Danielmmafan) February 11, 2018
The hard-hitting Sydney heavyweight’s very Aussie post-fight celebration also garnered attention online.
Tai Tuivasa chugging beer out of a shoe? Tai Tuivasa chugging beer out of a shoe. pic.twitter.com/PvQJcpCXuk
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) February 11, 2018
Holy crap Tai Tuivasa just drank a beer out of a random fan's shoe I want to go bar-hopping with Tai Tuivasa let's go make some bad choices man
— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) February 11, 2018
After the event ended, ‘Bam Bam’ himself sent a tweet out, sharing his disappointment at the fact that the performance didn’t earn him a bonus.
Wow fukin thought that was worth a bonus but obviously not ayy. 🖕🏽😒
— Tai BAM BAM Tuivasa (@bambamtuivasa) February 11, 2018
The future looks extremely bright for Tuivasa and it will be interesting to see who the UFC puts him up against next.