Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa stunned the heavyweight division with an impressive win over Derrick Lewis last time out to take his win streak to five, his best run since joining the UFC in 2017.
His victories also include beating the likes of Augusto Sakai, Greg Hardy, and a monumental win against the aforementioned Lewis.
Cyril Gane is a former interim heavyweight champion who lost a title unification match to Francis Ngannou earlier this year.
However, with his array of skills and ability to dominate fights, he clearly starts as the favorite over Tuivasa, with the winner potentially getting a shot at the heavyweight title in the near future.
In an interview on The Blakamoto & Oscar Show, Adesanya previewed the heavyweight battle, while analyzing how the Australian could play to his strengths. He said:
“I don’t know what Tai’s game plan is for the fight… I’d strike with him on the outside for a little bit, but then I’d have to get him on the fence and use my weight. If I was Tai, I would use my weight on him and Tai’s good inside with the elbows. When he gets a good flow going, especially when he’s on them, he throws them ba**s. Even fake a few takedowns. Tai can wrestle, why not? Just get him against the fence, pull him off the fence, create scrambles or create moments where the guy has to defend the takedown and you hit him on the way up. Tai has to make it ugly.”
Watch Israel Adesanya talk about Tai Tuivasa below: