While that is the key fight, Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt and Justin Willis are booked to do battle in the Co-Main Event while aussie up-and-comer Tyson Pedro will be hoping to bounce back from a loss with a strong performance over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in one of the battles on the undercard.
- Tuivasa knocked out his first seven opponents when turning pro
- Dos Santos has alternated wins and losses at his past seven fights
- Tuivasa heads into the fight unbeaten
Tuivasa is one of Australia’s brightest prospects in MMA. He created quite the impression when he turned pro and boasts an MMA record of 10-0 and a UFC record of 3-0.
When he first showed up on the UFC scene, he captured everyone’s attention with a stunning first round victory over Rashad Coulter at UFC Sydney in November last year. He then proved it was no fluke with another first round TKO against Cyril Asker at UFC 221.
His last opponent Andrei Arlovski was the first man to ever make it out of the first round with Tuivasa, however, was no match for the Western Sydney local, who prevailed with a decision victory.
Dos Santos is his hardest opponent yet despite the fact he is getting on in age. The Brazilian has traded wins and losses since losing his Heavyweight strap in 2012. You can’t discount his experience though and he still comes into this off a title challenge, albeit an unsuccessful one, against Stipe Miocic last time out.
Outside of the octagon, both these men have been exchanging in a war of words and both fighters are looking for a finish on Sunday.
In what will more than likely be Hunt’s last hurrah in the UFC, he has declared he will be in the best shape he has ever been in and is looking to put on a fantastic show for all the Australian fans.
The Super Samoan will need to overcome a recent slump in form. Hunt has lost three of his past four fights and heads into the bout off back-to-back losses to Curtis Blaydes and Aleksei Oleinik. It would be the icing on the cake for Hunt to end his UFC career on a high note to cap off a stellar career. A former K-1 Champion to a UFC title challenger, Hunt has been involved in some epic battles in his time.
Willis is 13 years Hunt’s junior and heads into Sunday’s bout with plenty of momentum. He lost his pro MMA debut, however, has been unbeaten ever since winning his past seven fights. He made his UFC debut back in July 2017 and has impressed fans with two decision wins and one knockout victory.
Pedro heads into this bout off the back of a round one submission loss to Ovince Saint Preux (OSP) in June earlier this year. The Sydneysider dominated OSP right from the start, his striking looking world class, however, a small mistake had a costly ending. That’s the nature of the sport.
Ranked number 14th in the Light Heavyweight division, the 27-year-old is only just getting started and has a bright future ahead of him. Pedro, the brother-in-law of Tai Tuivasa, boasts an MMA record of 7-2-0, with all seven of those wins coming in the first round.
Shogun is a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion and is a veteran of the sport. He has won 25 fights throughout his career with 20 of those coming by way of knockout. Rua comes into this having disposed of Anthony Smith via first round submission last time out.