Tai Anthony Tuivasa is an Australian professional mixed martial artist.
He currently competes in the heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Tuivasa made his professional MMA debut in August 2012 in his native Australia.
He fought sporadically over the next four years, with all of his wins ending in knockouts.
Tuivasa fought Australian former rugby league representative John Hopoate on 1 December 2012 in the Newcastle Panthers FC arena at Combat 8:02, the second Combat 8 event, winning the fight by TKO.
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Who are Tai Tuivasa’s father and mother? Being an Indigenous Polynesian, his father’s ancestry comes from the Samoan Islands.
His mother, on the other hand, is descended from Aboriginal Australians from central New South Wales.
Tuivasa was born in Sydney to an Indigenous Australian (Wiradjuri) mother and a Samoan father.
He grew up in the western Sydney suburb of Mount Druitt with 11 siblings and predominantly played rugby league in his youth.
He was signed by the professional Sydney Roosters rugby league club in 2010 but gave up playing the sport when he developed a gambling addiction.