Tai Tuivasa Targets Rapid Victory Over Marcin Tybura

Tai Tuivasa, right? He’s the kind of fighter who dreams of wrapping up every bout in a mere 10 seconds. Yet, don’t be fooled. He’s fully geared up for a marathon five-rounder if it comes down to it.

So, there was this plan. Tuivasa was all set to face Marcin Tybura at UFC 298. But, life threw a curveball – a meniscus surgery. That meant no go for Tuivasa.

Fast forward a bit, and here we are. “Bam Bam” Tuivasa is now slated to lock horns with Tybura in a headliner at UFC Fight Night 239. This time, it’s at the UFC Apex in Vegas, this Saturday. Oh, and it’s a five-rounder, not three.

Tuivasa’s not exactly thrilled about long fights. But, he’s not one to shy away from a challenge. “He gave me five rounds and my coaches didn’t let me down. And I know Marcin can fight those five rounds and he can fight them hard,” he admitted during media day. He’s ready, albeit a bit reluctantly. “I’m coming out for head. That sounded a bit weird,” he chuckled.

Knockouts are Tuivasa’s signature. Tybura, on the other hand, is more of a grind-it-out kind of guy. Tuivasa knows the score. No surprises waiting for Tybura, he reckons.

“Marcin’s been around. I’ve watched him, learned from him. He’s seen it all,” Tuivasa said, acknowledging the challenge. Tybura’s plan? Drag Tuivasa through the deep waters, wear him down. But Tuivasa’s not having any of it. “This is heavyweight, mate. I’m going to come hard and try and get this job done.”

Would Tuivasa prefer a quick knockout? “In my head, yeah, 10 seconds and done. But reality? My coaches have me grinding,” he shared. Despite injuries and hurdles, Tuivasa’s feeling pumped, backed by a solid team.

It’s been a rough patch for Tuivasa, with three stoppage losses in a row. Tybura’s not exactly on a high either, coming off a TKO loss to Tom Aspinall. Both fighters are hungry, looking to bounce back. This Saturday, it’s more than just a fight. It’s a shot at redemption.

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