Tatsuro Taira

Japan

Strong showing in UFC debut
FlyweightUFC
May 14, 2022
Taira defeated Carlos Candelario via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN 36 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was an extremely successful UFC debut for the 22-year-old Taira. Going up against an opponent who missed weight by half a pound Friday morning, Taira was in control pretty much the entire way outside of a deep guillotine attempt from Candelario early in Round 3. Taira handled the pressure well and showed excellent mat awareness to escape from the choke. Taira is so young that all that matters at this point is that he stays healthy and gets regular reps inside the Octagon. The UFC would be wise to take it slow with him, as we have seen talented young fighters in the past (Sage Northcutt, Paige VanZant, etc..) pushed too quickly and suffer as a result.
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UFC debut postponed
FlyweightUFC
April 30, 2022
Taira's UFC debut has been postponed to May 14 due to his opponent, Carlos Candelario, having an illness, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Both Taira and Candelario were set to make their debuts with the company, but that will now have to wait another two weeks. The 22-year-old has began his career with 10 consecutive victories and was the favorite over Candelario.
Set for UFC debut in April
FlyweightUFC
February 16, 2022
Taira will go toe-to-toe with Carlos Candelario in a flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on April 30, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Taira has began his MMA career with 10 consecutive victories and he will now make the leap to UFC. The 22-year-old has finished eight of his prior opponents, registering five submissions and three knockouts. He will face Carlos Candelario who last fought in August, losing to Victor Altamirano via split decision.