Tai Tuivasa has gone from being paired against one ranked heavyweight to another. Previously booked to meet Walt Harris on October 30th, Tuivasa is now expected to fight Augusto Sakai at UFC’s November 20th event.
The new matchup was first reported by Raphael Marinho of Combate. It joins a UFC card that doesn’t have a confirmed location currently.
A win in November would allow Tuivasa to crash the heavyweight rankings and potentially even crack the top 10.
Sakai is currently ranked 10th in UFC’s heavyweight division. He has lost his last two fights in UFC main event bouts, although they have come against high-level talent Alistair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruick.
Tuivasa has spent the past year climbing out of a losing streak that he had developed in 2018 and 2019. He has scored three consecutive wins recently, earning first-round finishes over some of the lower-ranked fighters in the division.
Tuivasa needed just a minute in his last appearance, stopping Greg Hardy with punches at UFC 264 in July.
The main event for UFC’s November 20th card isn’t known at the moment. Here are the bouts that have been reported for the show thus far.
Bout 9: Joanne Calderwood (15-6) vs. Alexa Grasso (13-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Cheyanne Buys (6-2) vs. Loma Lookboonmee (6-2) (Strawweight)
Bout 7: Terrance McKinney (11-3) vs. Fares Ziam (12-3) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Michael Chiesa (17-5) vs. Sean Brady (14-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 5: Rafa Garcia (12-2) vs. Natan Levy (6-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Azamat Murzakanov (10-0) vs. Marcin Prachnio (15-5) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 3: Adrian Yanez (14-3) vs. Davey Grant (11-5) (Bantamweight)
Bout 2: Pat Sabatini (15-3) vs. Gavin Tucker (13-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 1: Augusto Sakai (15-3-1) vs. Tai Tuivasa (13-3) (Heavyweight)