LAS VEGAS – Tai Tuivasa thinks he’s come a good distance since he joined the UFC.
The 28-year-old heavyweight mentioned his newest victory proved he’s maturing in his MMA recreation. Tuivasa (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) knocked out former NFL star Greg Hardy on the principle card of Saturday’s UFC 264 pay-per-view.
It was a brief comeback win for the Australian. He obtained rocked by Hardy early within the battle. Hardy instantly rushed Tuivasa to capitalize on his wobbling shot and within the course of was countered by an enormous proper hand that despatched him crashing right down to the canvas.
“I used to be rocked,” Tuivasa instructed reporters on the UFC 264 post-fight information convention. “He touched me, and yeah, I felt it and I knew to take a few steps again. I believe the outdated me would’ve thrown some bombs, however I really feel like I’m maturing on this recreation. I needed to step again and I caught him on the way in which in.”
Tuivasa is choosing up momentum as soon as once more in his profession. “Bam Bam,” who had a 3-0 begin within the UFC, is bouncing again properly from a three-fight skid. He’s stringed three consecutive wins after his end at UFC 264.
“You’ve seen me – I’ve been on a three-fight profitable streak, three-fight shedding streak, and now I’m again on a three-fight profitable streak,” Tuivasa mentioned. “I believe I’m maturing. I really feel like I’m getting higher and I’m truly loving what I’m doing, and I believe it’s displaying within the cage.”
So far as what’s subsequent, Tuivasa isn’t 100% certain. Now exterior of the UFC’s official rankings, he mentioned he wish to take a look at himself towards ranked opposition.
“To be sincere, I wouldn’t even know the highest 10 or the highest 15,” Tuivasa mentioned. “It sounds good – one in all them, any of them. I battle. You inform me who I’m preventing and I stroll up.”