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Tai Tuivasa, take a bow.
We've all known for some time that the Aussie fan favourite was a force to be reckoned with, but if his latest knockout victory is anything to go by then it looks like he's got his sights set firmly on UFC gold.
The 28-year-old sent a strong message to the rest of the heavyweight division over the weekend by knocking out Harry Hunsucker in just 49 seconds.
That's right, 49 short seconds.
Tai Tuivasa's first round TKO #UFCVegas22
- Blue Corner Fighting (@blue_fighting) March 21, 2021
Granted, Hunsucker had only accepted the fight on a few days notice after Don'Tale Mayes pulled out of the fight.
But in all honesty, that means nothing.
And "Bam Bam" took full advantage of the situation by registering arguably the scariest knockout of the event.
It was a dominant display from start to finish by the western Sydney native, who will undoubtedly be putting his hand up for a top 15 opponent now.
"Man, I've been working with Gokhan Saki, he's one of the best stand-up fighters of all time," Tuivasa said after the bout.
"I really feel like I've improved my stand-up as well. I was ready for anything. Mad Love to Hunsucker too for stepping in, four days' notice, what a soldier.
"I'm back on the ball now so anyone in the top 15 or anyone. Really just anyone that wants to bang on."
Tai Tuivasa's son reacting to his Dad getting a first round KO is the wholesome content you need to see tonight pic.twitter.com/WkHue2iBlX
- MMA Eejit :flag_ie: (@MMAEejit) March 21, 2021
When replays of the brutal knockout surfaced on social media, fight fans went nuts - and rightly so.
While many were calling for Tuivasa to fight a ranked opponent next, others simply sat back and applauded his sheer excellence.
I mean, performances don't come much more flawless than that.
Tuivasa is the new Mark Hunt. God bless him.#UFCVegas22
- :punch: Las Vegas Fight Shop :punch: (@LVFightShop) March 21, 2021
Tuivasa gets a quick win over the newcomer Hunsucker, who took the fight on short notice.
- Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) March 21, 2021
- Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) March 21, 2021
Wow, Tuivasa wins in true style!! Made that look incredibly easy, dude has some serious and very dangerous power!! Fantastic win for the king of the shoey :punch::fire::boom::100: #UFCVegas22 @ufc
- Robbie Glover (@robbieglover) March 21, 2021
Cured meats for everyone. Big win for Bam Bam Tuivasa.
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 21, 2021
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