Heading into UFC 271 Tai Tuivasa will not only face his toughest and biggest challenge to date, but he also has plans for his craziest celebration yet. Tuivasa will meet two-time title challenger Derrick Lewis in the co-main event with potential big stakes in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Known for doing shoey celebrations in which he drinks beer out of a shoe (normally from the crowd) Tuivasa has become a big fan-favorite, and his opponent is very similar in that regard. Derrick Lewis is not only a fan-favorite, but he’s also the UFC record-holder for most career knockouts in the promotion, and the winner of this fight will likely see themself in the conversation at the top of the division.
Before any future fight however, Tai Tuivasa wants to up the game on his celebrations. Speaking to the media on Wednesday, “Bam Bam” spoke about how instead of drinking out of a beer for a post-fight celebration, he’d drink it out of Derrick Lewis’ protective cup guard.
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In Lewis’ last win over Kyle Daukaus, he threw his cup into the crowd and a fan used it to do Tuivasa’s shoey celebration. When informed of that, Tuivasa made the proposition to use Lewis’ cup if he wins.
“Well, he can throw it to me when I win and I’ll do a cuppy out of his ball guard, I’m keen.”
After Derrick Lewis was informed of Tuivasa’s potential celebration and he was not having the idea one bit.
Derrick Lewis isn't down for Tai Tuivasa's offer. 😂
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“No, man. That guy is nasty, I can’t do that. USADA need to be knocking at his door all the time, he gotta to be taking something to help his immune system, that is just nasty.”
Two things should be expected coming into this UFC fan-favorite heavyweight banger, somebody is likely going to be finished in the fight, and the post-fight celebration or interview, will be one to remember.