“I think part of the secret to my recent success is the consistency of training,” says Tuivasa. “[Before], I would sometimes get too relaxed about things and go for a walk. I feel great about my training and where I am now – and it shows.
It’s certain. The 28-year-old, who will face Brazilian Augusto Sakai at UFC 269, is on a winning streak of three first-round knockouts, including a 67-second final for former NFL player Greg Hardy at the ‘UFC 264.
“I think I’m really maturing,” Tuivasa adds. “I must have learned this MMA thing while running, and I still have a lot to learn. I’m not a mixed martial artist – I’m a bluer, a brawler. But the more experience I have, the better I am.
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Despite an overall record of 13-3, with 12 KO victories and some performance bonuses along the way, the man nicknamed “Bam Bam” went through a difficult period, in terms of career, from the end of 2018 to the end of 2019.
“These losses were the best thing that ever happened to me,” he says. “Especially at a time in my career when everything came too easily. I thought I could knock anyone out.
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“I’ve got some bastard in me – and you need it – but you need more than a bastard to beat these better guys.” You have to learn when to throw the ball and when to wait. Living through these losses has helped me grow as a fighter and as a person.