Justin Tafa
Bad Man

Australia

Booked against Pessoa
HeavyweightUFC
June 11, 2020
Tafa will take on Raphael Pessoa in a heavyweight matchup set for July 25 on Fight Island, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa is fresh off his first UFC victory, earning a first-round finish against Juan Adams last February. He'll draw an opponent in Pessoa who is also 1-1, most recently taking a decision from Jeff Hughes last October. Tafa will be giving up three inches in height and four inches in reach in a fight that will be highly unlikely to see the final bell.
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Earns first UFC win with huge KO
HeavyweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Tafa defeated Juan Adams via TKO (punches) at 1:59 of Round 1 at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Live by the sword, die by the sword. Tafa was knocked out by Yorgan De Castro in his UFC debut in October, but returned the favor against an unsuspecting Adams on Saturday. Tafa's future appears pretty bleak despite his triumph in this one. The 26-year-old has just five pro MMA fights under his belt and brings nothing to the table other than knockout power. Perhaps Tafa can continue to be relevant if the company is careful about who they match him up against, but the odds are he will begin to be exposed as soon as the competition level rises.
New fight set for February
HeavyweightUFC
November 20, 2019
Tafa will match up with Juan Adams at a UFC event in Houston on Feb. 8, Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa's UFC debut did not get off to the start that he had hoped for as the 25-year-old suffered his first career loss by getting knocked out in the first round by Yorgan De Castro. He will look to right the ship against Adams, who is currently riding a two-fight losing streak after winning his debut. Both fighters are looking to make a statement which is why this heavyweight match should be quite the entertaining one.
Smashed in UFC debut
HeavyweightUFC
October 5, 2019
Tafa lost to Yorgan De Castro via KO (punch) at 2:10 of Round 1 at UFC 243 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Well, that's one way to suffer your first career loss. Tafa stated before the fight that he was looking to put on a show but apparently that show didn't include defending yourself on the feet. He pushed forward to land a huge strike, left his face wide open and De Castro popped him. Tafa was out before he hit the mat. The 25-year-old has just four professional fights under his belt and has the look of a one-dimensional power puncher. Those guys tend to struggle once they hit the big time.
UFC debut set
HeavyweightUFC
July 14, 2019
Tafa will make his UFC debut in a heavyweight showdown against Yorgan De Castro at UFC 243 on Oct. 5, Alexander K Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa is still relatively new to the fight game, but is a perfect 3-0 with three stoppages under the banner of Xtreme Fighting Championship. Each of his fights, including one recorded amateur bout, have been won via stoppage. He'll take on a fighter in De Castro that got his UFC opportunity with a finish on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. While not much tape is out on Tafa, it is worth noting that he's from Australia, and the UFC 243 card is rumored to take place in Melbourne.