UFC Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa pulled off the biggest victory of his UFC career and possibly one of the biggest upsets in UFC heavyweight history, as he knocks out the promotion’s knockout king Derrick Lewis at the co-main event of UFC 271. Those weren’t punches but some hard thrown elbows that gave Tuivasa the edge and turned the game for his favour. Tuivasa is now into the top 5’s league and is now in an opportunity to have a legendary resume. Follow the play by play below to see how Tuivasa’s amazing game plan paid off well.
Round 1: Both the fighters are patient and calculated. Lot of feints from Tuivasa. A low kick from Tuivasa. Lewis staying patient. Tuivasa gets Lewis in the clinch. Tuivasa putting the pressure. The referee breaks down due to no action. A high kick from Lewis. Some pressure and a huge right from Lewis wobbles Tuivasa. Some clinch work begins immediately.
Tuivasa lands an elbow and Lewis gets a takedown. The fight goes back up and both the fighters are “swanging and banging” as Lewis said. A minute left and the fight goes back to clinch. Lewis lands another takedown. The round ends with Lewis and Tuivasa clinching. FirstSportz scores it 10-9 Lewis.
Derrick Lewis got no answer for Tai Tuivasa’s short ranging strikes
Round 2: Another round of patience and calculation. Lewis hurts Tuivasa out of nowhere. Tuivasa takes recourse to the cage side and goes clinching again. A takedown defence by Tuivasa. As soon as they do another round of striking, Tuivasa lands some huge elbows in the short-range distance and as soon as the second elbow lands, Lewis falls face flat. The biggest victory in Tuivasa’s career has just been secured. This is a giant leap in the rankings as well.
Results: Tai Tuivasa defeated Derrick Lewis via KO in Round 2