Tai Tuivasa will headline the second UFC event of his career this weekend. The card itself is going to be historic, as it will be the first large-scale MMA event in France following the legalization of MMA in the country. Tai Tuivasa will face his hometown hero Ciryl Gane headlining.
Prior to the heavyweight clash, Tai appeared on Ariel Helwani’s’MMA hour‘ and provided an important update regarding his weight. Although the heavyweight limit in the UFC is 265 pounds, very few fighters in the division come close to the limit with a few exceptions like Francois Ngannou and Derrick Lewis. But it looks like Tuivasa will also weigh around 260 pounds at the weigh-ins.
During the interview, Tuivasa revealed that he currently weighs 273 pounds. The fight takes place on September 3 and Tuivasa has enough time to get down to the 265-pound limit. But, it will be interesting to know if coming in force for the fight is a conscious choice of the Aussie or not.
Will Tai Tuivasa’s weight play a role in his fight against Ciryl Gane at UFC Paris?
Tai Tuivasa is a dynamic striker who has enormous power in his hands. While the idea that all heavyweights hit hard is true, Tuivasa’s power is exceptional. He knocked out Derrick Lewis in his last fight at UFC 271 and lived up to his nickname of ‘Bam Bam.’
He is currently on a 5-fight winning streak and is ranked 3rd in the division. In his last 3 fights, Tai weighed 263lbs, 264lbs and 265lbs for his fights at UFC 264, UFC 269 and UFC 271 respectively. But one thing that is common to all of these events is Tai’s method of victory. The 29-year-old finished all of those fights in just 2 rounds. This therefore proves that coming in force helps the power of Tuivasa.
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However, it also has its significant drawbacks. Gane is perhaps the most agile fighter in the division and moves like a middleweight. Ciryl is also an excellent striker who is highly regarded for her striking defense. To beat him, Tuivasa’s mobility will need to be very high. The Aussie isn’t exactly great at wrestling so he’ll have to put mad pressure on Tuivasa.
However, if he weighs more than 260 pounds, it will be difficult for him to do so. On top of that, it will be a 5 round affair. So cardio will definitely play a big role in the contest.