After destroying Greg Hardy at UFC 264, what’s next for Tai Tuivasa?

On Saturday night at UFC 264, Tai Tuivasa (12-3) took on Greg Hardy (7-4, 1 NC) on the main card. The battle of the heavyweight knockout artists promised to bring fireworks and it delivered on Saturday night.

After just a few seconds of feeling the other out, both men started throwing heat. Hardy actually landed the biggest shots early and appeared to briefly stun Tuivasa. However, Tuivasa had been there before and remained composed.

Hardy recklessly rushed in and Tuivasa blasted him with a left that put him down. While follow up shots were landed, they weren’t even needed as Tuivasa got the devastating first round knockout win at UFC 264.

Tuivasa has had a very up and down UFC career thus far. After starting out 3-0 inside the octagon, the Australian heavyweight lost three fights in a row. He has now responded with three consecutive first round knockout victories.

So, it’s been a wave of three fight streaks for Tuivasa in the UFC. Three straight wins followed by three straight losses and now three straight wins again. Perhaps “Bam Bam” could be gearing up for his first four-fight win streak.

What’s next after UFC 264?

The new UFC rankings came out today and Tuivasa didn’t crack the top fifteen after his win over Hardy on Saturday night. That said, I believe he is just on the fringe and having won three in a row, he should get a ranked opponent next or someone on the verge of being ranked.

With that, who should the UFC pair him with. Well, there are a few options, but one really jumps out at me. I would love to see the promotion book Tuivasa against top heavyweight prospect Tom Aspinall (10-2).

Out of Aspinall’s ten professional wins, not one has gone the distance. He’s got a tremendous skillset overall and he’s also currently just outside of the UFC heavyweight rankings. Both men are looking to crack the top fifteen and a fight between the two would get it done for one of them.

For Aspinall, it would be a massive fight to show off his toughness and his overall game. For Tuivasa, it would be a chance to show off that he’s still capable of being a top contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Tai Tuivasa knocks out Greg Hardy at UFC 264

On the main card of UFC 264, we saw two heavyweight knockout artists go to war. Former All-Pro defensive lineman Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC) took on the fan favorite Tai Tuivasa (11-3).

Greg Hardy was making the walk for the ninth time in his UFC career. Thus far, Hardy has a record of 4-3, 1 NC in his eight trips inside the octagon. One thing we have seen from Hardy is a steady improvement as his career has progressed.

In his last fight, Hardy lost to top ten contender Marcin Tybura. Hardy looked really good in the first round of their fight, but ultimately gassed and was finished on the ground. Taking out his DQ loss in his UFC debut, Hardy has only lost to Tybura and Alexander Volkov.

Standing across from Hardy tonight was “Bam Bam” Tai Tuivasa. Tuivasa was looking to pick up his third straight UFC win tonight. Back in 2018, Tuivasa looked like he was on the verge of a title shot.

He was a perfect 9-0 overall and he had won his first three UFC fights. However, he then suffered three consecutive losses which really set him back. He bounced back over the last year and he was looking to pickup another win tonight.

UFC 264 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 264 heavyweight clash kicks off with a touch of the gloves. Early jab throws from Hardy. Big low kicks from Tuivasa and he’s trying to chop down Hardy. Huge right straight lands for Greg Hardy.

Nice jab lands for Hardy, but he eats another big leg kick. Hardy steps forward with a big combination and Tuivasa seems to be wobbled. Hardy rushes forward and he’s clipped by a massive shot from Tuivasa and Hardy is dropped.

Tuivasa follows up and this one is over.

Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy by TKO – Round 1

UFC 264 Preview: Greg Hardy – Tai Tuivasa

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 264, we will see two heavyweight knockout artists go to war. Former All-Pro defensive lineman Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC) will be taking on the fan favorite Tai Tuivasa (11-3).

Greg Hardy will be making the walk for the ninth time in his UFC career. Thus far, Hardy has a record of 4-3, 1 NC in his eight trips inside the octagon. One thing we have seen from Hardy is a steady improvement as his career has progressed.

In his last fight, Hardy lost to top ten contender Marcin Tybura. Hardy looked really good in the first round of their fight, but ultimately gassed and was finished on the ground. Taking out his DQ loss in his UFC debut, Hardy has only lost to Tybura and Alexander Volkov.

Standing across from Hardy tomorrow night is “Bam Bam” Tai Tuivasa. Tuivasa will be looking to pick up his third straight UFC win tomorrow night. Back in 2018, Tuivasa looked like he was on the verge of a title shot.

He was a perfect 9-0 overall and he had won his first three UFC fights. However, he then suffered three consecutive losses which really set him back. He bounced back over the last year and he’s looking to make it three in a row tomorrow night.

UFC 264 Prediction

If there’s one fight on the UFC 264 main card that you should expect a knockout in, it’s this one. Both of these heavy hitters are going to come out with everything they have in the first round.

Now, of course because I said that, they will probably grapple the entire time and we will see a decision. The money coming in right now is on Tai Tuivasa and it’s not a bad bet considering his history and the history of Greg Hardy.

However, I’m going against the grain on this one and going with my gut. Something tells me that Greg Hardy is going to pickup the biggest win of his career at UFC 264. I think this fight ends in the first, and something tells me Greg Hardy connects with something big.

Prediction: Greg Hardy by TKO – Round 1

After another loss at UFC Vegas 28, what’s next for Walt Harris?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 28, Walt Harris (13-10, 1 NC) took on Marcin Tybura (22-6). Harris was looking to bounce back after suffering two consecutive losses in 2020.

It’s hard not to root for a guy like Walt Harris. Back in 2019, Harris was surging in the UFC‘s heavyweight division. On the heels of two consecutive knockout wins in the first minute of the first round, Harris looked like he was on the verge of contending for a title.

However, that’s when tragedy struck. Harris’ daughter was murdered in Alabama and it completely turned his world upside down. The Big Ticket contemplated hanging things up, but fought on because that’s what he said his daughter would have wanted him to do.

An emotional Walt Harris returned in May of last year to take on Alistair Overeem. In the first round, it looked like Harris was seconds away from the TKO win. However, Overeem withstood the storm and ended up finishing Harris in the second.

That loss snapped Harris’ UFC winning streak. Then, Harris was stopped at UFC 254 by Alexander Volkov. In that fight, Harris really never had any momentum. After those two losses, Harris moved his camp to Las Vegas to train at Xtreme Couture.

Harris worked alongside the UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou as he prepared for Saturday. On Saturday night, Harris looked great early. It appeared that he was on the verge of stopping Tybura. However, Tybura weathered the storm and got Harris down. Once it was there, it was all Tybura and he got the finish.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 28?

It’s hard not to feel for The Big Ticket after UFC Vegas 28. He’s on a three fight losing streak now, but in two of those fights, he looked like he was moments away from getting a finish of his own. However, he never could land that finishing blow.

The question now becomes, what’s next? Well, I think the UFC can still book Harris against a quality opponent. Again, he’s still being competitive with some top ten heavyweights, he just has a few things he needs to tighten up.

I think Harris needs a slight step back, but still should get a quality name. If I was the UFC, I would look at booking him against the winner of Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC) and Tai Tuivasa (11-3). Those two will square off at UFC 264.

Whoever wins that matchup will be on the fringe of the top fifteen. That is exactly where Harris’ next opponent needs to come from. He needs a quality name, but a slight step back in competition to get him back on the right track.

UFC books Greg Hardy – Tai Tuivasa

The UFC is finalizing a big time matchup in the heavyweight division for their July PPV. MMA Junkie reported yesterday that the promotion was closing the deal on a heavyweight clash between knockout artists Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC) and Tai Tuivasa (11-3).

The matchup will take place at UFC 264 on July 10th. Greg Hardy has been asking for this matchup and the former NFL player is getting his wish. Hardy wanted someone to stand and trade with and he will get that in Tuivasa.

In 2020, it looked like Greg Hardy was taking a big step forward in his UFC career. He had a good decision win over Yorgan De Castro before knocking out Maurice Greene in October.

After that knockout of Greene, the UFC turned Hardy around quickly to have him fight Marcin Tybura in December. A win over Tybura would have likely put Hardy in the UFC‘s top fifteen in the heavyweight division.

In the first round, Hardy looked fantastic. His striking was good and his speed was giving Tybura fits. However, Hardy gassed out badly and in the second round he was taken down. Once on the ground, he looked completely lost and Tybura got the TKO over an exhausted Greg Hardy.

For Hardy to take the next step in his UFC career, he needs a signature win. He needs a win over a big guy with a good following behind him. He’s going to get that chance on July 10th.

UFC 264 heavyweight clash

In June of 2019, it looked like Tai Tuivasa was going to challenge for the UFC heavyweight title. The Australian was a perfect 9-0 and he was souring in the heavyweight division. That’s when he met former champion, Junior Dos Santos.

JDS knocked Tuivasa out in the second round. After that, the UFC gave Tuivasa the tough Blagoy Ivanov and Ivanov won by decision. At UFC 243, Sergey Spivak was able to secure an arm-triangle choke against Tuivasa in the second round.

After starting his career perfectly, Tuivasa has lost three in a row. With his back against the wall, the UFC gave Tuivasa a fight with Stefan Struve last October. Tuivasa got back to his winning ways with a first round knockout.

He followed that up with another first round knockout a couple of weeks ago over Harry Hunsucker. Now, with back-to-back knockout wins, Tuivasa looks to have his mojo back. Whoever wins at UFC 264 is going to take a big step forward and I think it’s safe to say this fight won’t go the distance.