UFC Fight Night: Font vs Garbrandt: Justin Tafa vs Jared Vanderaa- Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/20/2021, 11:57 PM EDT


The UFC’s heavyweight division is perhaps the most exciting division in the company as almost every fighter in the ranks has legitimate one-punch knockout power. This weekend at UFC Vegas 27 two heavyweights will clash on the main card. Both men, who have secured a stunning number of wins via T/KO, can end the fight in the blink of an eye. 

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Justin Tafa takes on Jared Vanderaa as both men aim to bounce back into the win column after recent losses. Tafa and Vanderaa are currently unranked. Hence, a positive result on Saturday could help them take a step forward in securing a rank in the division. 

Ahead of the bout, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of both fighters and map out a possible route to victory for both men involved. 

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Justin Tafa vs Jared Vanderaa will most likely not go the distance at UFC Vegas 27 

Justin Tafa made his promotional debut in October 2019 in a losing effort to Yorgan De Castro. He bounced back with a knockout win over Juan Adams before succumbing to another loss against Carlos Felipe in January 2021. 

Jared Vanderaa made his debut on Dana White’s Contender Series with a TKO win over Harry Hunsucker. In his last fight in February 2021, he succumbed to a TKO loss against Sergey Spivak. 

Bad Man’ is a dangerous striker and has secured 100% of his wins via T/KO. In the UFC, he has landed an impressive 3.86 significant strikes per minute and has absorbed just 2.65 in return. Tafa does not engage in wrestling and will most likely keep the fight on the feet. 

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The Mountain’ will have a staggering four-inch height and six-inch reach advantage over his opponent. In his one UFC fight, he landed an impressive 2.75 significant strikes per minute, absorbing a colossal 5.19 in return. 

Tafa’s wrestling defense will play a huge role in the fight’s outcome. If he can keep the fight on the feet, he will most likely secure a stoppage win given his power and Vanderaa’s leaky defense. However, if Vanderaa can secure takedowns and keep Tafa there for much of the fight, he will bounce back into the win column. 

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Prediction:- Jared Vanderaa via decision

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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