‘He Got Killed a Couple of Weeks Ago’- Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa Dedicates UFC Fight Night Victory to his Late Cousin Brother

Published 03/21/2021, 1:33 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 23: Tai Tuisvasa of Australia poses on the scale during the UFC 254 weigh-in on October 23, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


UFC heavyweight Tai Tuivasa won out big on Fight Night at Vegas as he scored a first-round KO win. ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa stopped Harry Hunsucker with strikes after just 49 seconds having elapsed in the first-round. Moreover, there’s been plenty of chatter about Tai Tuivasa’s resurgence, and he’s definitely showing significant improvements to his overall game.

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The Australian fighter was certainly the more dominant force under the bright lights as he maneuvered a key victory. Harry Hunsucker appeared to be out of his depth against Tuivasa, who came well prepared for a scrap. Right from the outset, it was clear that Tai Tuivasa had a clear game plan that he was going to adhere to.

Tai Tuivasa shares an emotional post-fight speech after his latest win

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Following his emphatic first-round T/KO win over ‘The Hurricane’, Tai Tuivasa shared some inspirational words on the mic. Chiefly, he used the platform of a post-fight interview with Paul Felder to pay homage to his cousin. Tuivasa had suffered a major loss in his personal life just a few weeks before the fight, but he kept going on.

“Before we start, I just want to dedicate this time to my cousin, he got killed a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t get to see him off, Love you Ceil, Rest in Peace.”

Additionally, ‘Bam Bam’ also spoke on the fight itself and gave some rub to his coaching team. His training under striking ace Gokhan Saki is certainly paying off with consecutive blistering KO’s.

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“Shout-out to TK MMA, all those boys over in Dubai. Man, I’ve been working with Gokhan Saki, he’s one of the best stand-up fighters of all time. I really feel like I’ve improved my stand-up as well. I was ready for anything. Mad Love to Hunsucker too for stepping in, four days’ notice, what a soldier.”

Tai Tuivasa has now moved past his skid-off losses in his previous outings and can focus on the future. Chiefly, he’s on a two-fight /T/KO streak and has looked increasingly impressive in his outings. Tuivasa will zero in on an opponent closer to the top ten in his next match-up with the promotion.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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