In less than two weeks at UFC 271, MMA legend Derrick Lewis will go head to head against up-and-comer, Tai Tuivasa in a fight that will surely end in a brutal knockout.
With both men being knockout artists, Lewis having the most in UFC history and Tuivasa winning his last four fights via KO, this is a fight that has the potential to produce something special.
As the Australian is the 11th ranked UFC heavyweight, many fans thought it may be too early for Tai to take on a fighter at the level of Derrick, however it’s been reported many fighters rejected the fight with “The Black Beast,” leaving Tuivasa to take up the fight just a couple of months after knocking out Augusto Sakai.
If Tai can pull off an upset and defeat Derrick, he could potentially put himself in line for a title shot. With the future of current champion Francis Ngannou being an uncertainty, Jon Jones’ return to the octagon looking less likely to occur and no news from former champion Stipe Miocic, it’s a possibility that “Bam Bam” Tuivasa could put himself in line for a title shot depending on when Dana White wants another heavyweight title fight on a UFC card.
Although all of this occurring seems outlandish, the current state of the UFC heavyweight division is a mess and if contract negotiations don’t favour Ngannou and Jones, there’s a high possibility that the UFC heavyweight championship becomes vacant in the next few months. This could give the likes of Tai or Derrick, Curtis Blaydes, Stipe Miocic and Ciryl Gane shots at the title depending on if Ngannou’s contract issues get sorted.