VIDEO: History Created at UFC Fight Night as Justin Tafa Becomes the First Heavyweight Ever to Miss Weight

Published 12/17/2021, 11:54 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 17: (R-L) Justin Tafa of Australia punches Carlos Felipe of Brazil in a heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 17, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC heavyweight Justin Tafa became the first heavyweight in the storied history of the UFC to miss weight on the scale. Tafa stepped in at 267-pounds for his three-round bout against Harry Hunsucker on the preliminary card for UFC Vegas 45.

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He missed the limit by one pound for a non-title bout and narrowly beat out Greg Hardy, who almost weighed in over the limit last year.

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Justin Tafa wasn’t the only miss on the scale. Apart from the heavyweight, Sijara Eubanks and Macy Chiasson ended up coming in heavy as well. ‘SarJ’ weighed in at 127.5 pounds while Chiasson stepped in at 148.5  pounds. While this is Chiasson’s first slip-up on the scale, Sijara Eubanks has missed weight before.

She missed out on her title fight against Nicco Montano for the inaugural flyweight title following a season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Not to mention, her fight against veteran fighter Roxanne Modafferi, also saw her miss weight.

Hence, it’s safe to say that ‘SarJ’ needs to reassess her natural weight division moving forward in the UFC.

UFC Vegas 45: Fights to look out for

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The main event is the obvious curtain jerker for this fight card with arguably one of the most explosive bouts of the year. Derrick Lewis will want to end 2021 on a high and become the sole knockout king of the UFC. As it stands, he is tied with Matt Brown at 12 knockouts in the company’s history.

As for Daukaus, he’s on a clean run in his career and has secured some notable highlights in his short UFC tenure. He has a chance to make a huge leap in the rankings if he can dispatch former title challenger Derrick Lewis. However, Lewis holds unparalleled power in the UFC’s heavyweight division, and getting the better of him will be harder than it initially seems.

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Cub Swanson vs Darren Elkins to start off the main card is another feature with seriously exciting potential. Fans have labeled this fight as a potential ‘Fight of the Night’ candidate, as both men are known to let their hands go.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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