The downside of being the 'shoey' guy, according to UFC's Tai Tuivasa

MOSCOW – Sometimes, being the “shoey” guy isn’t much fun.

UFC heavyweight Tai Tuivasa is more than willing to use footwear as a drinking vessel. It’s part of his persona – knock a guy out, chug a beer out of a shoe.

The problem is fans want him to do it all the time, like at 7 in the morning after a night of “shoeys.”

“I’m not (expletive) partying,” Tuivasa told MMAjunkie this week. “I’m having breakfast. Let me eat my egg and bacon before I do a ‘shoey.’”

Tuivasa (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) can expect a lot more requests should he beat Junior Dos Santos (19-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) on home soil. After stalking the ex-champ on Twitter, the two were booked to headline UFC Fight Night 142, which takes place Dec. 2 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia. The event’s main card airs live on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

When Tuivasa steps into the cage with Dos Santos, he’ll seek to avenge longtime teammate Mark Hunt’s knockout loss to “Cigano” in 2013.

“As we all know, it’s an eye for an eye,” Tuivasa said. “I’m trying to get one back for my team and for my boys. And it’s at home. I’m going to come with some heat. I’m not going no three rounds or five rounds. One of us is going to get done quick.”

The quicker the win, the quicker Tuivasa can get to celebrating. But it’s not all about “shoeys” and money for the 25-year-old Aussie. Dos Santos represents a new level of challenge in his fighting career.

“I can go to a pub and bash some bum, but what do I get out of that? I want to be the baddest (expletive) in the world,” Tuivasa said.

Dos Santos once held that title. And even without the belt, he’s considered one of the most prolific knockout artists in the UFC. For Tuivasa, there’s no better opponent.

“I haven’t seen him take anyone down for a long time, and I don’t think I’m going to be taking anyone down,” Tuivasa said. “So it’s going to be a good punchfest for sure.”

To hear more from Tuivasa, watch the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 142, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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