Tai Tuivasa’s “Octagon Karaoke”

While songs from Linkin Park and Eminem may be regular walkout tunes chosen by UFC fighters, Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa is certainly bucking the ‘heavy metal’ and ‘rap’ trend with his distinctive choices.

“I’m just having fun,” Tuivasa told Main Event TV in a recent video.

“It’s my jam. I jam out to this music when I’m at home so why not walk out to it in front of the world”.

The four songs Tuivasa has come out to in his UFC career thus far are:

  • Vanessa Carlton – “A Thousand Miles”
  • Daryl Braithwaite – “The Horses”
  • Celine Dion – “My Heart Will Go On”
  • Shannon Noll – “What About Me”

“That was for Australia. If you have been to a pub in Australia, then you know Horses,” he explained about the popular Daryl Braithwaite hit.

He went into small detail about UFC president Dana White originally banning the Sydneysider from coming out to “My Heart Will Go On” and how he refused to go out unless that song was played.

The 26-year-old gets to add another peculiar song to the list this weekend when he faces Blagoy Ivanov on UFC 238.

Check out the short episode of “Octagon Karaoke” below.

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