Tonight’s UFC Adelaide event was headlined by a heavyweight fight featuring former division champion Junior Dos Santos taking on surging contender Tai Tuivasa.
The former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos, entered this evenings main event on the heels of unanimous decision victory which he earned over Blagoy Ivanov at July’s UFC Fight Night 133 event.
After losing his “baddest man on the planet” title to Cain Velasquez at UFC 166 in October of 2013, “JDS” has since gone 4-3 inside the octagon.
As for Tai Tuivasa, “Bam Bam” entered tonight’s UFC Adelaide headliner sporting an undefeated professional record of 8-0. In his most recent octagon appearance at UFC 225, Tuivasa earned a unanimous decision victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
Tai Tuivasa got off to a quick start in tonight’s main event. The crowd favorite relentlessly pressured “JDS” landing a number of big punches and hard low kick. Towards the end of round one, Tuivasa landed a chopping low kick that appeared to injure Dos Santos.
However, Junior dos Santos came out for round two ready to go out on his shield. As Tuivasa continued to utilize forward pressure, “JDS” was able to make him pay for his actions with beautifully timed counter punch. He followed that up with a combination that sent Tuivasa crashing to the floor. From there, the former UFC heavyweight champion would unleash some gnarly ground and pound that forced the referee to step in and call the fight.
Check out how the pros reacted to tonight’s UFC Adelaide main event fight between former champion Junior dos Santos and perennial contender Tai Tuivasa below.
What a great night of fighting!!!
— A1 Iaquinta🗽 (@ALIAQUINTA) December 2, 2018
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) December 2, 2018
The old school roars back in main and co-main. JDS showed a good chin and adjusted well. #UFCAdelaide
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) December 2, 2018
Thank you JDS!
— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) December 2, 2018
WOW! Who would've imagined 2 Brazilian Legends past their prime would go into enemy territory and upset/finish 2 rising stars in their own backyard. Hats off to both JDS and Shogun. #Congrats #UFCAdelaide #fightnight
— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) December 2, 2018
Some great fights tonight 😍🙌🏽 boxing and mma 👏🏽
— Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) December 2, 2018
Not a good night for the boys in Adelaide 😔
Chin up fellas, I have no doubt they'll be back. Fighting at the highest level despite the short amount of time they've been in this sport and taking on legends who have been fighting since 02/06, so much respect 🙏🏻#UFCAdelaide
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) December 2, 2018
Now on his first win streak since 2012, who would you like to see former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos fight in his next octagon appearance? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!