Octagon Cynosure Featuring ‘Tai Tuivasa’: UFC 243 Betting Predictions & UFC Tips


Thursday, October 3, 2019 7:46 AM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 7:46 AM UTC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) takes the crew from Denmark to Australia this week; UFC 243 Melbourne, will play host to 11 fights with ‘Robert Whittaker vs Israel Adesanya’ in the main event

<div><h2 style="text-align:center"><b><u>Tai Tuivasa</u></b></h2><div style="text-align:center"><b><u><img alt src="https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/cfca6fe3333ce5f8d0c46d2ac74e0e49" style="width:700px;height:467px" /></u></b></div><div style="text-align:center"><p style="text-align:left">Rising (UFC) Heavyweight prospect ‘Tai Tuivasa’ was ploughing down his opponents until the UFC decided to raise his level of competition. In quite a drastic fashion, from defeating an ageing Andrei Arlovski all the way to facing the former Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. With huge experience and two losses behind him, the young 26-year-old will have the chance for redemption for this weekend in Melbourne, Australia.</p><p style="text-align:left">His early mixed martial arts career began in 2012 after retiring from Australian Rugby. The next four years put an exclamation mark on Tuivasa’s ability; leading him to a fortunate 0 early start in the UFC.</p><p style="text-align:left">Tai Tuivasa (8-2-0) will be making his sixth UFC appearance in this weekend’s matchup; riding a 2-fight losing streak. Remaining undefeated on the Australian regional scene since 2012 finally led Tuivasa to the big stage. In 2017, Tuivasa made his debut against Rashad Coulter with first-round KO then defeated Cyril Asker and Andrei Arlovski; two knockouts and one decision.</p><p style="text-align:left">Tuivasa left a trail of cold bodies on the Australian circuit. All five fights ended in the first round and that streak continued in the UFC up until Tuivasa was met with Arlovski. It would seem that anybody outside of the top #10 rankings to this date, all met their doom when facing Tuivasa in the octagon.</p><p style="text-align:left"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2 align="center"><b><u>Fight Talk</u></b></h2><p align="center">A young heavyweight with the experience Tuivasa has gained in such a short amount of time is incredible. Maintaining composure will be important when fighting back in your home country but I have no doubt we’ll see the old Tuivasa we know and love. The same guy whose entire career has been a highlight reel of destruction.</p><p align="center">A quick start with a quick finish was all Tuivasa knew at the early stage of his career. The unrelenting aggression and heavy pressure are too much for the majority of lower-level heavyweights, can Tuivasa remind us this weekend why he was offered a contract.</p><p align="center">His opponent Sergey Spivak hasn’t shown much promise. Walt Harris exposed Sergey in his debut fight when he was finished inside 50 seconds. The UFC may have misjudged on their decision when scouting Sergey Spivak, I don’t see success the Ukrainian inside a UFC octagon.</p><p align="center">A tailor-made fight for Tuivasa in his home country. An unexperienced heavyweight at his disposal, I hate to keep this brutally honest but, Tuivasa is a heavy favourite coming off two losses. Not something you will see every day at the bookies. Sergey will find minor success because having a 7-inch reach advantage is a guarantee for a punch or two, other than the expected counter attacks from somebody fighting for their life, I don’t expect much octagon control or forward pressure from Sergey what so ever.</p><p style="text-align:left">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/9FLfOhcpwq4\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2 align="center"><strong><u>The Outcome</u></strong></h2><p align="center">A huge disadvantage for Tuivasa will be the size and length of Sergey. Finding his way inside the reach of Sergey early and often should be the game-plan. The longer Tuivasa hangs around in this fight will give his opponent the opportunity to adapt or find a takedown.</p><p align="center">We should note Sergey does have a selection of submissions at his disposal, such as; armbars, rear naked chokes, neck cranks and kimuras. Although, a few tap-out victories in the Ukrainian regionals isn’t something to be screaming from the rafters about.</p><p align="center">Unless Sergey was too land a lucky punch (which is more than capable of happening in the HW division) or find himself with the stronger cardio late on into the fight then I see no path to victory on his part.</p><p align="center">I expect the Australian native Tai Tuivasa finds himself the aggressor early on. From then it’ll only be a matter of time before Tuivasa connects with a strike to put Sergey’s lights out.</p><p align="center"><em>UFC 243 takes place on Saturday 5<sup>th</sup> October live from Melbourne, Australia.</em></p><p align="center"><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="UFC Betting Odds"><em><strong>UFC 243 Prediction: Tai Tuivasa </strong><strong>@ [1.29] with Coral </strong></em></a></p><div style="text-align:left"> </div></div></div>
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