VIDEO: Insane Head Kick by Heavyweight Justin Tafa Stuns Everyone in the First Round at UFC Fight Night

Published 12/18/2021, 7:14 PM EST


Justin Tafa made headlines for all the wrong reasons leading up to his fight against Harry Hunsucker at UFC Vegas 45. Tafa became the first heavyweight in UFC history to miss weight for a fight. ‘Bad Man’ came in at 267-pounds, i.e. a pound over the division’s weight limit for a non-title fight. However, after his performance tonight, a missed weight cut will be the last thing fans remember. 

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‘Bad Man’ secured a stunning first-round knockout win over ‘The Hurricane’ to put an end to a two-fight skid.

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The preliminary card was stacked with a few incredible performances and finishes. However, Tafa made a strong case for making an extra $50,000 tonight. 

Justin Tafa bounces back into the win column

Tafa started off the fight well. In the two minutes that the fight lasted, he was quick to beat Hunsucker to the punch. It was evident from early on that Hunsucker’s game plan was to get the fight to the ground, where he would have the advantage. However, Tafa did a good job of keeping the fight on the feet. 

The finishing sequence saw ‘The Hurricane’ shoot for a desperate takedown. Once Tafa managed to stuff the takedown, he pushed Hunsucker towards the fence. As soon as Hunsucker lifted his head back up, a perfectly timed leg kick sent him straight to the canvas. Tafa walked away as soon as he landed the kick, knowing that this fight was done. 

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Justin Tafa is now back in the win column for the first time since February 2020. ‘Bad Man’, who is five fights into the UFC, has a record of two wins and three losses.

Tafa still has a lot of work to do before he can break into the top-15 and challenge the elites at heavyweight. However, this is a step in the right direction for the fighter, who will seek to carry his momentum into 2022.

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is a senior UFC 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 desk, 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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