Tai ‘Bam Bam” Tuivasa 8-0 MMA (1-0 UFC) will meet Cyril “Silverback” Asker 9-3 MMA (2-2 UFC) on the main card of UFC 221.
Tuivasa is coming off a first round flying knee KO of Rashad Coulter at UFC FN 121 in November. All eight of his victories come by first round KO/TKO. Asker is coming off a second round rear-naked-choke of Yaozong Hu at UFC FN 122 in November. His last loss came to Walt Harris at UFC FN 111 via first round TKO in June. Seven of his wins come by stoppage.
Both fighters circling feeling each other out a little to start. Tuivasa lands a few shots and backs up Asker. A short clench against the fence and Tuivasa separates. Asker lands a couple of shots and Tuivasa lands a big shot that stumbles Asker back to the fence. Tuivasa has Asker against the fence landing body shots and elbows while Asker covers up. Tuivasa landing at will it seems with Asker just covering up. Tuivasa lands an uppercut and a couple solid elbows and Asker falls to the canvas as the ref steps in and calls the bout.
Official result: Tuivasa wins via 1st round TKO @ 2:18