Aussie Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa Celebrated His UFC Win With A Classic Shoey
Tai Tuivasa celebrated his UFC win the only way he knows how: With a shoey.
The Australian heavyweight came out on top against man mountain Stefan Struve on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
His devastating first round knockout over the Dutchman ended his three-fight losing streak.
And with his UFC career potentially on the line, Tuivasa pulled off a massive victory when it counted most.
Shoeys with the boys! :beers::athletic_shoe:@BamBamTuivasa and the @NelkBoys are a perfect match on #UFCFightIsland! pic.twitter.com/CecIRHSuSD
- UFC (@ufc) October 24, 2020
Scaling the octagon fencing after the referee finally stepped in, you could see the sheer joy and relief plastered all over the 27-year-old's face as he was mobbed by his teammates and coaches.
And it wasn't long before Tuivasa took the celebrations backstage.
In a video posted on social media, Tuivasa is seen making his way from the octagon after the bout before being congratulated by UFC president Dana White backstage.
And that's when 'Bam Bam' and his team really turned it up a notch.
Canadian YouTube group Nelk boys shared a classic shoey with Tuivasa - which all of them dusted off with relative ease.
The Aussie's victory catapults him right back into contention for a ranked fight in the heavyweight division next.
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"It was awesome to get that feeling back," Tuivasa said.
"Like I said before, it's addictive, it's something you can't get it anywhere else.
"It's been a while for me, so it's good to be back, very good to be back. I felt pressure, but I trusted my team.
"I put in the work, I put my head down and my ass up this year, so I just credit that to my team.
"That was the plan, take it easy man and stop trying to get in there and get that money real quick.
"If I take my time, it comes, it comes. Credit to my team, big ups to my team."
If his latest Instagram stories are anything to go by, it's safe to say Tuivasa partied well into the night in Abu Dhabi.
That being said, the score in the NRL Grand Final wouldn't have pleased the Penrith Panthers super-fan too much - although it probably didn't halt his celebrations.
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