Tai "Bam Bam" Tuivasa to fight Rashad Coulter at UFC Sydney on November 19

Sunday 6th August 2017

It has been a long wait since Tai Tuivasa announced he was signing with UFC, but the big-hitting heavyweight nicknamed "Bam Bam" is set to make his UFC debut fighting Rashad Coulter at UFC Sydney on November 19 at Qudos Bank Arena - as announced in the Herald-Sun.

The time away from the octagon has seen Tuivasa deal with a possible career-ending knee injury suffered at AFC17 in Melbourne against James McSweeny last November, but he is only looking forward to his UFC debut. 

“The knee’s really good. It’s strong and I feel really good," said Tuivasa when asked about his injury.

“I snapped two ligaments and snapped the tendon,” Tuivasa said of his right knee.

“I did everything by the book and November is a year since the surgery, so I’ve had a full year of recovery.

“I was just very lucky that the Sydney card happened to be in November.”

“It’s been a long wait. Once I signed (a four-fight contract) I had to sit around and wait for a whole year ... that’s the worst bit. It’s pretty s---.”

Bam Bam's opponent is American striker Rashad Coulter (8-2 MMA record) so the bout promise to bring fireworks.

“It will be an entertaining fight for me and the crowd.

“It’s either me who gets knocked out or it’s him that gets knocked out, there’s no two ways about it,” he said.

“I am 100 per cent sure it’s going to be him.”

Watch his AFC 16 fight against Brandon Sosoli above, or his AFC 17 title bout against James McSweeny here.

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