Tai Tuivasa is a UFC fighter that regularly gets linked with alcohol. It stems from his gimmick of drinking a beer out of a shoe after winning fights. Recently he revealed that alcohol played a role in his upcoming fight with Derrick Lewis.
Tai Tuivasa was offered the fight with Derrick Lewis by the UFC’s matchmaker. Everything that happened was a bit of a blur for the Australian heavyweight.
“I was on the piss; I was blind [drunk],” Tuivasa revealed to ESPN. “I didn’t notice until the next morning that [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard messaged me and I had messaged back. He messaged, ‘Are you awake,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah’; it was like 4:30 in the morning. And then I woke up to 20 missed calls from my manager, from my coach Sully [Shaun Sullivan] and shit like that, so I was like, ‘Something must have happened.’”
Luckily, Tai Tuivasa would have said ‘yes’ regardless of how drunk he was. Fighting a top-5 ranked UFC heavyweight like Derrick Lewis is not something you can turn down.
“It’s a great opportunity” Tuivasa continued. “Obviously, he’s No. 2 or No. 3 or whatever he is. He’s a fan favorite; I’m a fan favorite. I really respect Derrick, what he’s done and the person he is. Why wouldn’t I say yes? I think it’s all win-win, it’s an opportunity for me, so I’m all in. And I think it’s my time, it’s my time to take over and become the new [revered] fighter of my generation, just like he was before me. I think it’s my time to take over.”