The only thing quicker than Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa’s knockout of former NFL Pro Bowler Greg Hardy at UFC 264 Saturday night was his signature celebratory beer chug out of a shoe after the win.
Tuivasa, 28, landed a counter left hook to floor Hardy before finishing him with hammer punches just 67 seconds into the featured bout on the pay-per-view main card. The win was Tuivasa’s third straight, while Hardy was knocked out for the second time in his career.
But what really got the crowd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas going was Tuivasa climbing the cage wall and drinking a full beer out of a sneaker, which he refers to as a “shoey.”
Hardy, a former defensive end for the Panthers and Cowboys, is now on a two-fight losing streak. He has not won since he beat Maurice Greene by technical knockout at UFC Fight Night 181.
While Tuivasa is not currently in the top 14 in the latest UFC heavyweight rankings, this latest win could make him a legitimate contender for the belt.
Hardy, 32, has not played in the NFL since 2015. Earlier that year, domestic violence charges against him were dismissed following his appeal of a guilty verdict.