Tai Tuivasa

Tai Tuivasa TKO’s Stefan Struve in round one at UFC 254

Reigning Undisputed UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to the octagon today to face interim UFC Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje in UFC 254‘s main event.

The co-main event showcases a No. 1 contender bout at middleweight, where the No. 1 ranked Robert Whittaker faces the No. 2 ranked Jared Cannonier for a chance to face Israel Adesanya sometime in 2021.

The last fight on the preliminary card was a heavyweight clash between Tai Tuivasa and Stefan Struve. Tuivasa had dropped his last three-straight after opening his career up at 9-0, and the far more experienced Struve has gone 1-3 in his last four.

Round 1

Tuivasa takes the center of the octagon as soon as the fight starts, as he starts pressing the action against Struve. He lunged in with some overhand rights, some of which connected, some of which didn’t.

Tuivasa tied up with Struve and had him pressed against the fence, and once the separated, Tuivasa started landing some nice leg kicks. Tuivasa ends up dropping Struve at the end of the round and swarmed him for the finish.

Official Result: Tai Tuivasa def. Stefan Struve via TKO (punches) at 4:59 of round one

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