“Watched a person I know get gunned down,” Tai Tuivasa speaks on witnessing cops kill close friend leading to rough patch in fighting career

Tai Tuivasa lost to Sergey Spivak at UFC 243 and cried backstage after the fight. It was later revealed that Tuivasa had lost his friend a few days before.


“Watched a person I know get gunned down,” Tai Tuivasa speaks on witnessing cops kill close friend leading to rough patch in fighting career

Tai Tuivasa lost his friend to gun violence before UFC 243 (Image Courtesy- Imago)

UFC heavyweight competitor Tai Tuivasa remains one of the most entertaining competitors in MMA. His charm and excitement radiate to his fans and companions in the UFC. Tuivasa’s followers rarely see him unhappy or crying since he is always humble, even in loss. This was not the case following Bam Bam’s loss to Serghei Spivac at UFC 243. Tuivasa embraced his friend and teammate Tyson Pedro while concealing his face with his T-shirt.

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However, the loss was not the reason for Tuivasa’s emotional moment with Pedro backstage. During an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Tuivasa revealed that his friend Daniel King had passed away. Tuivasa said the police shot him, leading to a rough time for him. He spoke about how tough it was by saying, “I’ve lost a lot of people I looked up to due to losing their mental strength and drugs and whatever else. I watched a person I know get gunned down”.

Tuivasa said that while King was a kind guy at heart, he had fallen into the category of those who had “gone off the rails.” Police found that King shot at his girlfriend’s residence first and proceeded to attack the police station with a shotgun under drug consumption. Unfortunately, the cops acted in self-defense and shot King about 24 times in a horrific tragedy.

Tuivasa has a unique personality and a history of unique walkouts. The UFC and Tuivasa will return to Australia at UFC 293, where “Bam-Bam” will fight Alexander Volkov. Fans will look forward to seeing Tuivasa get back to his winning ways.

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Tai Tuivasa speaks on his loss to Sergei Pavlovich

Tai Tuivasa got knocked out by Sergei Pavlovich
Tai Tuivasa got knocked out by Sergei Pavlovich (Image Courtesy- ESPN)

After his loss to Ciryl Gane in Paris, Tuivasa was ready to get back to his winning ways. He faced rising contender Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland. Pavlovich knocked out Tuivasa in the first round. He recently gave his thoughts on his devastating loss.

He appeared on the Halfcast podcast, discussing how he should have taken longer to recover after his loss against Gane. Tuivasa reflected on the fight by saying that he had trained well for the fight. He believed that it was a matter of who landed the punch first. He also revealed his surprise at Pavlovich’s punching power.

Tuivasa is one of the fan favorites in the heavyweight division and is loved by the fans for his open and joyful personality. He is known for his knockout power and speed in the Octagon. Fans will look forward to seeing the Tuivasa challenge for the title soon.

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