Tai Tuivasa breaks into UFC heavyweight rankings

After only two fights in the UFC, Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa has become the 15th ranked heavyweight fighter in the organisation.

The 24 year old moved into the rankings after another dominating display this past weekend at UFC 221 in Perth.

Tuivasa completely outclassed his opponent, Frenchman Cyril Asker, who never looked like he stood a chance.

Tuivasa landed a number of brutal shots to the body and unleashed elbows and hooks before pushing the Frenchman over where he landed face first onto the canvas. This forced the referee to intervene to stop the fight at 2.18 of the first round.

The win was Tuivasa’s second in the UFC after he knocked out Rashad Coulter with a flying knee in Sydney this past November.

The latest win brings Tuivasa’s professional record to 9-0, with all wins coming inside the first round.

In other ranking updates, Tyson Pedro has moved up one spot to number 12 at light-heavyweight, while Mark Hunt has moved down one spot to number 6 at heavyweight.

Meanwhile, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has moved up one spot to number 11 in the pound-for-pound rankings.

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