Tai Tuivasa Next Fight: Who And When Is He Fighting?

Tai Tuivasa drinking out of a shoe
Tai Tuivasa drinking out of a shoe (displaying his coined shoey)
  • Tai Tuivasa is riding a five-fight winning steak
  • All five of his last victories have been via KO/TKO

The outspoken and loquacious Tai Tuivasa returns to the Octagon on September 4 (EST) locking horns with the venerable Ciryl Gane. This is the Australian’s biggest career fight to date and he will be hellbent on usurping the towering Frenchman.  

The 29-year-old heavyweight knockout artist is riding a five-fight winning streak and he has punched his ticket to the top through his antics in the eight walls of death. The fan-favorite has found himself reaching new heights in the rankings (#3) since plying his trade in Dubai, training under Shaun Sullivan. 

Tuivasa returns to the cage following a brutal stoppage of third-ranked Derrick Lewis at UFC 271, Augusto Sakai at UFC 269 and former NFL player Greg Hardy at UFC 264, which all pocketed him a juicy performance bonus. 

Who Is Tai Tuivasa Fighting Next?

Tuivasa will be facing the battle-hardened and highly-skilled heavyweight Ciryl Gane (10-1) next. The 32-year-old is currently the number one contender at heavyweight, although the French powerhouse fell short against heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou at UFC 270 last January. 

This was Gane’s first blemish on his fight card and it came on the back of a surprisingly grappling-heavy approach from Ngannou. The champion was able to nullify Gane’s impressive striking approach and close the distance forcing him to the canvas. Ngannou got the nod off all three judges after a gruelling five-round battle with Gane.

When Tai Tuivasa Fighting Next?

Tuivasa’s next fight will be against Gane and the pair will take centre stage at UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Tuivasa in Paris on September 4 in the early hours of Sunday morning for those on EST. It will be the first ever UFC event held in France after strict laws banning the sport were overturned. 

Gane is famously a proud Frenchman and has been given the honour of headlining the inaugural event in Paris. 

On the other hand, Tuivasa will be desperate to spoil the party, doing everything within his power to derail the mighty warrior on home soil. 

Tuivasa vs. Gane UFC Odds 

Tuivasa will go into the main event as a heavy underdog and will have to unearth everything in his arsenal to dethrone Gane. BETUS has a plethora of Fight Night odds for you to sink your teeth into with a 125% sign-up bonus using the banner below. 

Who is Tai Tuivasa?

Tuivasa is an Australian national from Western Sydney and has thundered to the top of the heavyweight division over the last two years. Not only is the 29-year-old a phenomenal athlete and fighter, but he also has an alluring personality which has won him hordes of UFC acolytes.

His infamous ‘shoey’ – which is a beer skolled out of a fan’s shoe has thrust the Aussie into the limelight and made him go viral on many occasions. The heavyweight contender has a record of (15-3-0) with memorable victories over Derrick Lewis, Augusto Sakai and Greg Hardy.

A former rugby league player who was signed to the Sydney Roosters, the Aussie displayed his prowess as an athlete and was destined to ply his trade in one sport or another. However, the Sydney-born brawler’s rugby career was abruptly ended due to his off-field behaviours, leading him back home to a boxing gym.

It didn’t take long for Tuivasa to enjoy an individual-focused sport over a team game and he transitioned to MMA seamlessly. Standing at 188cm and weighing in at 119kg, the Aussie has elevated himself into a fan favorite for his explosive style and cheeky escapades.

Tai Tuivasa is ranked #3 in the heavyweight division

It is believed that the Australian is worth around $300,000