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Tai Tuivasa on UFC Paris headliner: 'I've definitely got a point to prove. I want to shut a few people up.'

Tuivasa is a massive underdog heading into his UFC Fight Night 209 clash with Ciryl Gane, but 'Bam Bam' has other plans.

If you look at the odds ahead of Saturday's UFC Fight Night 209 headliner, it wouldn't seem to be much of a competitive contest. Tai Tuivasa has certainly heard the doubters ahead of his clash with former interim heavyweight champ Ciryl Gane, but he also knows that fights don't take place on paper.

"(Gane) is a great athlete," Tuivasa told MMA Underground. "He's a great fighter. He ticks all the boxes. He's very good, but I just worry about myself, and I go in there and I fight, and I think he's got something to worry about, as well, and I think that's the greatest thing about fighting, is it can be whatever it wants to be on paper – you have to get in there and fight. 

Tuivasa (15-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Gane (10-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) meet in the headlining bout of Saturday's card, which streams live it its entirety on ESPN+ from Accor Arena in Paris, marking the UFC's first event in France. 

Gane, a French native, is a heavy favorite according to the oddsmakers, currently listed as a -550 favorite at SISportsbook.com, implying an 85 percent probability of victory for "Bon Gamin." Of course, Tuivasa is currently riding a streak of five consecutive knockouts, and he knows he possesses the power to render probabilities completely meaningless.

"I'm definitely looking forward to it," Tuivasa said. "I've definitely got a point to prove. I want to shut a few people up, so I'm coming to fight. I'm 'Bam Bam.' I always come to fight."

To see the full interview with Tuivasa, including his thoughts on the potential championship implications of his bout with Gane, check out the video above.