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Tai Tuivasa Says Fighting Andrei Arlovksi at UFC 225 is “Massive” For Him

June 8, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Tai Tuivasa

Tai Tuivasa spoke with MMAjunkie ahead of his fight with Andrei Arlovksi at UFC 225. Highlights are below:

On fighting a “legend” in Arlovksi: “For me to fight him, it’s massive…(Arlovski’s) got a point to make that he’s still here to be around, and I’ve got a point to make that I’m here to stay…This is where I can make my mark on the company and on the sport and on me, as an athlete. This is what fighting is, (expletive) testing myself. I claim myself to be a fighter. I don’t want to go fighting the lowest guys. I want to fight the guys who are legends and who are the best or who have been the best. Because one day I want to be the best. And to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

On getting the higher-profile fight: “And I appreciate the push. The UFC, I feel like they’re pushing me there, and I think that I’m worth it. I don’t think there are many heavyweights doing what I’ve been doing, and I think I’m here to get (those) sparks back to the division.”

On training for the bout: “I feel nervous when I go to training. And I feel (expletive) tired. I don’t want to train. I’m like a normal bloke. I hate training. No one wants to train. I want to go and eat all the good foods and drink all the good piss and do all that. But when the lights turn on, and the cage door shuts, I think that’s where I excel more.”