Australia’s own Tai Tuivasa has defeated Greg Hardy via first-round TKO at UFC 264. Tuivasa made quick work of his opponent, with the fight lasting just over a minute.
From the onset Tuivasa attacked the legs of Hardy, chopping away at them trying to slow his movement.
Hardy was then able to land a solid right hand which wobbled Tuivasa and subsequently rushed in looking for the finish, but was quickly countered by a Tuivasa left hand which shut his lights out.
Tuivasa then followed up with some ground and pound, the referee quickly stepping in to stop the fight.
In his post-fight interview, Tuivasa commented on his thoughts on the fight.
“You know he wanted to bang with me, I’m not the right guy to bang with, pick another bloke,” he said.
This now extends Tuivasa’s win streak to three, all by first-round knockout, with the Western Sydneysider hoping for a ranked opponent next.
“I want to fight someone in the top 10 or top 15, something like that,” he said.
“I am here to put a show on for the fans.”
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Post-fight Tuivasa celebrated in style doing his signature celebration, a shoey sitting atop the octagon.
This fight held extra significance for Tuivasa with this week being NAIDOC week. He ensured to represent his heritage, walking out with the Indigenous flag draped over his shoulders.
Tuivasa record now sits at 13-3, with 11 of those wins coming by knockout.
This now marks the second knockout loss for Hardy, who will now have to re-group and determine what’s next for his fighting career.
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