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Tai Tuivasa to fight Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 238

Tai Tuivasa (pictured) fights Blagoy Ivanov in a heavyweight bout at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Tai Tuivasa is coming back to “The Windy City”.

Returning to the site of his last win, Tuivasa is set to face Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 238 on June 8 at United Center in Chicago, per The Daily Telegraph. That’s the same location where Tuivasa defeated Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision last June at UFC 225.

The fight was confirmed on

The 26-year-old Tuivasa is 3-1 in the UFC so far, having defeated his first three Octagon opponents before succumbing to strikes in the second round of his most recent outing against former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, a main event bout that took place in December at UFC Adelaide in Tuivasa’s home country of Australia. Before that loss, Tuivasa was 8-0 as a professional with seven wins by first round knockout.

Ivanov (17-2, 1 NC) has also fought dos Santos, losing a five-round unanimous decision in his UFC debut last July. The 32-year-old Bulgarian rebounded with a unanimous decision win over Ben Rothwell this past March. He has won six of his last seven fights and had a successful run with the former World Series of Fighting (now the Professional Fighters League) promotion, winning that organization’s heavyweight title and successfully defending it four times.

A headliner has not been named for UFC 238, but a flyweight title bout between champion Valentina Shevchenko and challenger Jessica Eye has already been attached to the card.

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