Tai Tuivasa sleeps Derrick Lewis at UFC 271.
Tai Tuivasa knew he or Derrick Lewis would finish at UFC 271, but many didn’t think he would be the one to take the shot.
Tuivasa and Lewis played hand-to-hand for the first few minutes, but Tuivasa turned the fight into a tug-of-war in the first half of the round. Tuivasa landed on his knees with difficulty, but it was Lewis who successfully fought the inside trip.
After a brief exchange on the ground, the two giants moved back on foot and unleashed wild combos near the fence. Tuivasa will survive a few early power hits to get the fight in Round 2.
Lewis opened Round 2 with a flurry of attacks and seemed to have found his footing. He quickly backed Tuivasa onto the fence but turned the fight back into a tug of war.
A brief separation resulted in heavy punches from both of them. But in the end it was Tuivasa who took the lead, earning a nasty knockout with a nasty elbow strike into the knockout king’s hand.
Tai Tuivasa easily earns the biggest win of his UFC career
Lewis comes to UFC 271 for revenge and his hometown after the fall Ciryl Ganes for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 265. He came back spectacularly with a knockout in the first round Chris Daukaus last December at UFC Vegas 45.
Lewis is the UFC’s all-time lead in knockouts, as he cemented that by winning five of his previous six fights at UFC 271. The former UFC title challenger remains dense in the weight class.
Tuivasa’s claim to fame comes after an electric 2021 in which he has won three times in a row over Augusto Sakai, Greg Hardy and Harry Hunsucker. He brought himself into the heavyweight discussion after a first-round knockout against Stefan Struve at UFC 254 to close out 2020.
Tuivasa, in addition to his engaging punches and powerful kills, has become a beloved character for his fun and clumsy personality. But, this time he wasn’t the crowd favorite in front of Lewis’ Houston, TX allegiance.
With a win over Lewis, Tuivasa continues to rise in the heavyweight division and is one step closer to a potential championship title in 2022.
UFC 271 takes place on Saturday, February 12, 2022, live from Houston, TX. Follow FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.
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