Justin Tafa

Bad Man

Australia

Added to UFC 277 card
HeavyweightUFC
May 13, 2022
Tafa will square off against Don'Tale Mayes at UFC 277 on July 30, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa collected his second career UFC win in December when he earned a first-round TKO (head kick) of Harry Hunsucker. He was dealt a six-month medical suspension following the bout due to finger injuries and hasn't returned to the Octagon since, but that drought will come to an end in late July. Tafa gives up considerable size to Mayes, who stands six inches taller and sports a reach seven inches longer.
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Taking on Collier
HeavyweightUFC
March 1, 2022
Tafa (thumb) will fight Jake Collier in a heavyweight bout at UFC's April 30 event, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa because the first heavyweight in UFC history to miss the 266-pound limit in December, but the fight went on and he defeated Harry Hunsucker for a reduced purse. Collier just secured a new four-fight contract with the promotion and is coming off a submission victory over Chase Sherman in January.
Dealing with finger injury
HeavyweightUFC
December 21, 2021
Tafa was handed a six-month medical suspension Tuesday due to finger injuries, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa beat Harry Hunsucker by TKO on Saturday but may have picked up a pair of injuries in the process. He'll undergo X-rays on his right thumb and left pointer finger and will be forced to sit until June 17 unless cleared by a doctor if either is positive.
Huge KO win after missing weight
HeavyweightUFC
December 18, 2021
Tafa defeated Harry Hunsucker via TKO (head kick) at 1:53 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Tafa made history on Friday morning when he became the first heavyweight in UFC history to miss the 266-pound weight limit. Tafa checked in at 267 pounds, but Hunsucker still accepted the bout, for a fee. Tafa rewarded Hunsucker's generosity with a head kick that turned the American's lights out and quite possibly may end his time with the company. Tafa would be a lock for a post-fight bonus for his efforts, but he's ineligible because he missed weight. The win snaps a brief two-fight losing streak for the big Aussie.
Fight still on
HeavyweightUFC
December 17, 2021
Tafa will still take on Harry Hunsucker at UFC Vegas 45 on Saturday, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa weighed in one pound over the heavyweight limit Friday, and he'll be forced to surrender a percentage of his purse. Tafa enters Saturday's matchup as a favorite in spite of his missed weight.
Misses weight by one pound
HeavyweightUFC
December 17, 2021
Tafa weighed in at 267 pounds Friday, one pound over the heavyweight limit, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa becomes the first heavyweight in history to miss the weight limit. If his fight against Harry Hunsucker on Saturday goes forward as scheduled, he'll presumably have to surrender a portion of his purse.