13/04/2024

Justin Tafa's brutal head kick knocked out Harry Hunsucker at UFC Vegas 45. (Photo: UFC AUS/NZ/Twitter)

Justin Tafa has earned this first win of 2021 with a brutal head kick knock out of Harry Hunsucker at UFC Vegas 45.

After a history making week for the wrong reasons, Brisbane native Justin Tafa was able to put the negativity behind him to deliver a highlight reel knockout of Harry Hunsucker at UFC Vegas 45.

It took Tafa just one minute and 53 seconds to shut out the lights of Hunsucker with a head kick.

It did not take long for Tafa to show off his power landing a left which sent Hunsucker to the canvas in the first 30 seconds of the fight. From there the two scrambled on the ground for a bit, with Hunsucker attempting a Kimura submission, however Tafa showed good defence to escape.

Once the two returned back to their feet they exchanged big shots looking to end the night early, but Tafa was the one who struck first with a right hook that wobbled Hunsucker.

From there he followed up with a walk-off left head kick which Hunsucker blocked, but the power of the strike sent him straight to ground as the referee called off the fight.

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Post-fight Tafa talked through the finishing sequence.

“I caught him with a left at the beginning and I knew he hadn’t recuperated from that so I capitalised on it. I know he was watching for my hands, so I showed him my leg,” he said.

Tafa now sits at 2-3 in the UFC and 5-3 overall in his MMA career with tonight’s win his first of 2021.

Earlier in the week Tafa became the first heavyweight in UFC history to miss the 265 pound limit, weighing in at 267 pounds. Fighters are allowed to weigh in one pound over the limit for non-title fights, however Tafa still surpassed this.

As for what he wants to do in 2022, Tafa called out Carlos Felipe who he fought in January this year and lost to via split decision. Tafa is eyeing off the recently announced UFC 271 card, set to be headlined by fellow Aussie Robert Whittaker who will rematch current Middleweight Champion and New Zealand’s own Israel Adesanya.

The card will also feature Aussie Casey O’Neill, who will look to extend her perfect record against Roxanne Modafferi, and Jacob Malkoun who will take on A.J Dodson.

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