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Western Sydney’s greatest UFC export appears supremely confident ahead of his next bout against Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 238 in Chicago this weekend.
Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa is just one of many fighters from the area making waves in the UFC, however with a colourful Instagram and a penchant for hanging out with balaclava-clad gangster drill rappers, he is by far the most noticeable.
Despite this, his confidence heading into this weekend’s match is lost on the American sports media, who are struggling to understand anything he says.
American MMA insiders says UFC president Dana White has even had to go as far as hiring a Mt Druitt translator to decipher the pig latin creole spoken by Tuivasa and his entourage.
However, it seems one ESPN reporter tried is luck at engaging with the heavyweight fighter during a press conference in Chicago this afternoon.
“So Tai, how do you think you are gonna go against Ivanov on the weekend?” asked the chirpy Macauley Culkin-sounding sports journalists.
Tuivasa, whose responses were already muffled by a Gucci face mask, readjusted his Aboriginal flag cape before letting the media know that this is very much Phase 2.
“I’m gonna ashbay that uckenfay untscay eadhay in” declared Tuivasa, to an eruption of chee-hoos from his entourage.
“After Adelaide, this Ictoryvay is gonna be so eetswa”
The media conference was then cut short by Tuivasa’s bum-bag-carrier who made stabbing gestures towards the reporters while playing OneFour through a portable iPhone speaker.