Tai Tuivasa necks beer and SPIT from a SHOE to celebrate his KO win over Stefan Struve on the undercard of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s victory against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254
Tai Tuivasa celebrated his devastating knockout win against Stefan Struve at UFC 254 by necking a shoe of beer and spit on Saturday night.
The heavyweight, who was on a three-fight losing streak beforehand, won via knockout in the first round against Struve and was evidently ecstatic in the aftermath.
The Australian was in jubilant form backstage and celebrating with Canadian group Nelk, Tuivasa chugged a shoe full of beer and spit after shouting ‘Shout-out to the UFC, let’s go!’ with the YouTube group following suit.
Tai Tuivasa celebrated after his win at UFC 254 by chugging a shoe full of beer and spit
The Australian was in ecstatic form and necked the beer and spit next to his team backstage
Straight after the fight, Tuivasa opened up on how he stormed to such a decisive victory on UFC Fight Island.
‘It was awesome to get that feeling back. 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.
Tuivasa (right) won in the first round on Saturday night after a devastating first-round knockout
‘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.’
Tuivasa was a victor on a night which belonged to Khabib Nurmagomedov after the unbeaten Russian announced his retirement following his second-round win against Justin Gaethje.
Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Justin Gaethje after a brutal second-round submission
The 32-year-old was visibly upset following his latest triumph in a poignant moment
The lightweight champion made his announcement in the immediate aftermath of defending his crown against Gaethje to extend his unblemished record to 29 wins and zero defeats.
Many fans and pundits had expected the Dagestani to face his toughest challenge yet in Gaethje, who had been riding a wave of momentum after defeating Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in May.
But Nurmagomedov displayed his championship mettle in emphatic fashion on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.