Tai Tuivasa’s rise up the heavyweight ranks continued tonight at UFC 225, but barely…
The heavy handed fighter took on former champ, Andrei Arlovski, and both men landed plenty of punishing shots during the bout. At one juncture, Arlovski was sent to the deck by a Tuivasa punch, but the renowned fighter quickly got back to his feet.
Tuivasa came forward throughout much of the bout, while Arlovski looked to counter. After 15 minutes, Tuivasa was a bloody mess, but the charismatic fighter emerged with a decision win via scores of 29-28. The fight could have likely gone either way.
Here are the results for UFC 225, which is taking place in Chicago, Illinois.
Tai Tuivasa def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Mike Jackson def. CM Punk via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Curtis Blaydes def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (elbows) R3, 2:56
Claudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Mirsad Bektic def. Ricardo Lamas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Chris de la Rocha def. Rashad Coulter via TKO (punches) R2, 3:53
Anthony Smith def. Rashad Evans via KO (knee) R1, 0:53
Sergio Pettis def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Charles Oliveira def, Clay Guida via submission (guillotine) R1, 2:18
Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago via TKO (punches) R1, 0:50