08 Feb - 
Tuivasa: Willis can’t run forever, Blaydes will smash him

Tai Tuivasa discussed his loss to Junior dos Santos, and a fight with Justin Willis after their run-in last year.

UFC heavyweight Tai Tuvaisa has discussed the lessons he learned in his recent loss to Junior dos Santos, and also a potential fight with Justin Willis after their run last year.

Tuivasa (8-1) suffered the first defeat of his MMA career to dos Santos in December, losing the fight by second round TKO. “Bam Bam” picked up two wins in 2018 before that loss, defeating Andrei Arlovski by decision and Cyril Asker by first-round stoppage.

Talking to MMA Fighting and other reporters during the UFC 234 media day, Tuivasa spoke about his loss to dos Santos.

“Obviously, its a good I lost against a guy like that,” Tuivasa said. “I learned heaps, probably rushed him a little bit at the end but when you’re in there and you’re punching on, it’s all going forward.”

Before his loss to dos Santos, Tuivasa started his UFC career brightly going undefeated in his first three fights. The Australian has said he plans to take 2019 more seriously than last year, and is confident if he works hard enough he can beat anyone in the heavyweight division.

“I’m ready to get into this camp, it’s probably the lightest I have been before a camp. I think my aim this year is a bit better, last year I was rocking up fighting and getting paid, this year I’m going to take a bit more serious, I think if I put my head into it I’ll f*cking smash all them in the division.”

Tuivasa, who is targeting an April return to the octagon, gave his prediction on the upcoming fight between Willis and Curtis Blaydes which takes place in March. He made his intentions clear that he wants a fight with Willis anytime, anywhere and any place.

“Blaydes is going to smash the shit out of him,” Tuivasa said. “And then when Blaydes is done with him, he can come to me and wipe my arse, because I’m going to smash him. Off a loss, anything, he can run for now, we are only three months into the year. He can’t run forever.”