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Tuivasa is looking to regain confidence after dropping his last
two fights inside the Octagon. He’ll next face Sergey
Spivak, who is coming off a loss that tainted his previously
perfect record. These two prospects deserve attention, and they
will prove that when they square off at
UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia. Read about some of their
career-defining numbers below.
Spivak will be making only his second Octagon appearance at UFC
243. In his promotional debut, the native of Moldova was knocked
out by Walt Harris
in 50 seconds. Meanwhile, Tuivasa has appeared in the Octagon five
times. He started his Ultimate Fighting Championship career with
three consecutive victories, stopping Rashad
Coulter and Cyril Asker
and then decisioning Andrei
Arlovski. In his last two fights, however, he was starched by
Santos and decisioned by Blagoy
Both fighters entered the
Ultimate Fighting Championship with a ton of promise, having
gone undefeated in their respective careers. Tuivasa was 5-0,
displaying his skills in various promotions in Australia. He took
hold of the Australia Fighting Championship heavyweight belt and
defended it once before getting the call from the UFC. Spivak, on
the other hand, was 9-0 fighting in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and
Moldova, and he was a heavyweight champion in World Warriors
Countries fought in
Spivak has one up on Tuivasa in terms of international exposure.
Apart from the previously mentioned countries Ukraine, Kazakhstan
and Moldova, Spivak has also fought in Canada. It was in Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada that Spivak fell to Walt Harris
at UFC Fight Night 151. Australia will be the fifth country he will
have had the pleasure of fighting in, whereas Tuivasa has only
fought in the United States and Down Under to this point in his
Wins by knockout
As previously mentioned, Tuivasa owns two knockout wins in the UFC
and seven overall. Apart from Asker and Coulter, he also fought and
knocked out The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alumnus James
McSweeney for his first defense of the AFC heavyweight title.
As for Spivak, he’s had four victories by KO or TKO, all of which
occurred outside the UFC.
Wins by submission
The more dynamic fighter of the two, Spivak owns five wins by
submission whereas Tuivasa has yet to score one. Interestingly,
neither has been tapped out in professional MMA competition.
All of Spivak’s nine triumphs have come via stoppages, eight of
which occurred in the first round. He started his career with three
first-round finishes before facing Dimitriy
Mikutsa, who survived the first round against him only to be
submitted in the second. Tuivasa is likewise notorious for
finishing fights early. Of his eight victories, seven have come in
the first round. He started his career with seven first-round
stoppages before going three full rounds with Arlovski.
Tuivasa and Spivak have been stopped only once in their respective
careers. The former was knocked out by dos Santos and the latter
was starched by Harris.