Tai Tuivasa entered this fight with a pro record of 8-1-0 (88% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he is ranked as the No.22 heavyweight in the world but he comes off his first loss, suffered against Junior dos Santos in December 2018 (via tko, Junior dos Santos vs Tai Tuivasa). Before this bout, the same year, he had beat Andrei Arlovski in June (Andrei Arlovski vs Tai Tuivasa) and Cyril Asker in February (Tai Tuivasa vs Cyril Asker).
His opponent, the black belt in judo, former world combat sambo and Wsof champion Blagoy Ivanov, has an official mma record of 17-2-0 (71% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.21 in the same weight class. He also lost to Junior dos Santos in 2018 (via unanimous decision, Junior dos Santos vs Blagoy Ivanov) but he came back to win in 2019 against Ben Rothwell (Blagoy Ivanov vs Ben Rothwell). Tuivasa vs Ivanov is on the undercard of Henry Cejudo vs Marlon Moraes – UFC 238. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Division: heavyweight (265 lbs, 120 kg)
UFC 238 fight card (main fights):
Henry Cejudo vs Marlon Moraes
Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Eye
Tony Ferguson vs Donald Cerrone
Petr Yan vs Jimmie Rivera
Tai Tuivasa vs Blagoy Ivanov
Aljamain Sterling vs Pedro Munhoz
Ricardo Lamas vs Calvin Kattar
Tuivasa’s previous fight: Junior dos Santos vs Tai Tuivasa
Ivanov’s previous fight: Blagoy Ivanov vs Ben Rothwell
Tuivasa vs Ivanov Fight Video:
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