Justin Tafa

Bad Man

Australia

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/1/2024
Off UFC 298 due to injury
HeavyweightUFC
Out
February 16, 2024
Tafa has withdrawn from his scheduled UFC 298 fight against Marcos Rogerio de Lima due to injury, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what specific issue forced Tafa's withdrawal, but the two heavyweights will no longer throw down on the prelims. The UFC could choose to look for another opponent for Rogerio de Lima at a future date or re-book these two down the road.
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Next fight booked
HeavyweightUFC
Out
November 20, 2023
Tafa will match up against Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC 298 on Feb. 17, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa emerged victorious over Austen Lane in September and he has drawn Marcos Rogerio de Lima for his next bout in February. The 29-year-old Australian is 3-0 in his last three fights (exempting a no contest in June of 2023).
Quickly dispatches Austen Lane
HeavyweightUFC
Out
September 9, 2023
Tafa defeated Austen Lane via TKO (punches) at 1:22 of Round 1 at UFC 293 on Saturday in Sydney, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Tafa's cardio is poor, his footwork is non existent and he's a well below-average athlete in a traditional sense, but the finishing power in his hands is elite, as Lane found out here in his first UFC bout. Justin seemingly had nothing going early on before one massive left hand went crashing into Lane's jaw and sent into motion the sequence of events that ended the fight. Tafa simply doesn't possess the all-around game to defeat better competition, but he's done a nice job of late. The "Bad Man" has won three of his last four on the heels of losing three of his first four with the company. This latest win would also go on to earn him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Lane fight rescheduled
HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 15, 2023
Tafa will take on Austen Lane in a heavyweight fight at a UFC event on September 9, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
After their previous bout was a deemed a no contest, Tafa and Lane will get another chance to fight. Tafa suffered a poke in the eye which ultimately led to the fights stoppage. Lane stands six-inches taller than Tafa while also sporting a six-inch reach advantage.
Eye poke leads to no contest
HeavyweightUFC
Out
June 24, 2023
Tafa and Austen Lane fought to a no contest (accidental eye poke) at 0:29 of Round 1 at UFC on ABC 5 on Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.
ANALYSIS
These two exchanged blows for about 30 seconds, at which point Tafa absorbed one of the most vicious eye pokes you will ever see. His eye immediately closed shut, and it was clear from the start he wouldn't be able to continue, although referee Dan Miragliotta wisely gave Tafa the full five minutes to see if things improved. They did not. Expect the UFC to try to re-book these two in the near future.
Facing Austen Lane
HeavyweightUFC
Out
May 2, 2023
Tafa will take on Austen Lane at UFC Jacksonville on June 24, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Tafa was able to knockout Parker Porter in Round 1 of his last fight in February. Tafa isn't the best athlete, but he has clear knockout power and his 3-3 record in the UFC speaks to both of those things.