A takedown clinic from Serghei Spivac eventually gave way to a slick submission victory over Tai Tuivasa after walking into enemy territory at UFC 243.

Spivac silenced a rowdy Australian crowd by bloodying up Tuivasa with punches on the ground before locking up an arm-triangle choke that put the former player to sleep, with the end coming at 3:14 of the second round.

While the result went his way, Spivac had a rough start to the fight after eating a leg kick from Tuivasa that dropped him to the ground momentarily. He then countered by grabbing a takedown to slow the pace, but Tuivasa quickly worked his way back up to keep the fight where he wanted it.

Tuivasa head-hunted with punches, continuously allowing Spivac to slip underneath to bring him back down to the mat. Spivac even managed a head and arm throw that brought the heavyweights crashing to the ground.

As the barrage continued, Spivac saw an opening for a choke, and he immediately transitioned to the submission. It took only a few seconds before Tuivasa was laying motionless, which led the referee to quickly stop the fight as Spivac got up to celebrate his victory.

Spivac moves to 10-1 in his career while earning his first victory in the while Tuivasa, once considered a top prospect in the heavyweight division, has now dropped three fights in a row.


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