What makes Tuivasa such an interesting fighter to watch ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sakai is that you can understand the ups and downs of his career at this point.
He reached the UFC as a 24-year-old with limited experience, then faltered when forced to face seasoned veterans like Junior Dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov, and a more technical and based newcomer. on grappling at Serghei Spivac. But now he’s a little older, a little wiser, and knows he can’t just overwhelm people with his power and surprising athleticism, and he’s made adjustments.
He still hits like a Mack truck and can do things you wouldn’t expect someone of his stature to effortlessly, but he also has four years of experience competing in the sport’s biggest scene. , and it just gets to that point where talented fighters often start to take off and move up through the ranks.
André Muniz has won seven consecutive fights and 15 of his last 16 appearances, including his three UFC appearances to date. Last time around, “Sergipano” claimed a first-round technical submission victory over longtime title contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, becoming the first person to submit the Brazilian to MMA competition.
Despite his current streak of success and his impressive May exit at UFC 262, 31 year old man remains on the outside watching when it comes to the Top 15 in the middleweight division. After briefly breaking through the rankings after his victory, the recent list of results in the division eliminated him from the collection of fighters with numbers next to their names, but in terms of results and skill, Muniz most certainly has this. it takes to compete with anyone in this group.