Tai Tuivasa gets UFC Sydney call up; faces Rashad Coulter in promotional debut

Tai Tuivasa’s long-awaited UFC debut has finally been announced with the Western Sydney based heavyweight set to take on Texan Rashad Coulter in Sydney.

Tuivasa has been out of action since he defeated English veteran James McSweeney in October of last year. Less than one month later “Bam Bam” had put pen to paper and signed with the leading MMA promotion.

As for the delay in making his promotional debut, the undefeated 24 year-old was rehabbing a knee injury which he suffered in the McSweeney clash, however that setback now looks to be in the rear view mirror.

Training out of the Lions High Performance Centre alongside 10-time UFC veteran James Te Huna, Tuivasa has looked impressive since making his pro debut back in 2012, with all his victories coming via a first round stoppage.

“Bam Bam” (5-0) faces a tough challenge first up against Coulter (8-2), who already has one UFC appearance under his belt.

Although the fight did not go his way against Chase Sherman at UFC 211, prior to the setback the 35 year-old Dallas, Texas native had amassed a five-fight win streak which included victories in the Bellator and Legacy promotions. “Daywalker” has also won all of his eight victories by knockout.

The UFC returns to Sydney November 19 for a Fight Night show at Qudos Bank Arena (formerly known as Allphones & Acer Arena). Today’s matchup announcement from the promotion, which is the first one for the event, was made via The Daily Telegraph.

Heavyweight Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa signs with UFC