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Heavyweight Division


"Bad Man"

Justin Tafa

Heavyweight Division

7-4-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Justin Tafa

athlete record


Learn more about Justin Tafa's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
West Auckland, New Zealand
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Oct. 5, 2019
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2017
  • Seven wins by KO
  • Is 4-3, 1 NC in his last eight
  • Five first round finishes
  • Origin of nickname: “It was given to me by followers always reacting with, ‘You’re a Bad Man.’”

UFC on ESPN (3/23/24) Tafa lost a three round unanimous decision to Karl Williams 

UFC 293 (9/9/23) Tafa stopped Austen Lane via strikes at 1:22 of the first round 

UFC on ABC (6/24/23) Tafa’s bout with Austen Lane was ruled a no contest at :29 of the first round due to an accidental eye poke rendered Tafa unable to continue

UFC 284 (2/11/23) Tafa knocked out Parker Porter at 1:06 of the first round 

UFC Fight Night (12/18/21) Tafa knocked out Harry Hunsucker at 1:53 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (5/22/21) Tafa lost a three round unanimous decision to Jared Vanderaa

UFC Fight Night (1/16/21) Tafa lost a three round split decision to Carlos Felipe

UFC 247 (2/8/20) Tafa stopped Juan Adams via strikes at 1:59 of the first round

UFC 243 (10/5/19) Tafa was knocked out by Yorgan De Castro at 2:10 of the first round

When and why did you start training for fighting? Six years ago. Fighting runs through many generations in my family. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Blue belt in BJJ

Do you have any heroes? Mark Hunt, David Tua

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means I can see how great I can become and can also represent my family and country.

What was your job before you started fighting? Youth worker at a Homeless Shelter.

Favorite grappling technique: Armbar

Favorite Striking technique: Uppercut