Justin Tafa is indeed a bad man.
A lot of hype surrounded the 26-year-old Australian when he made his UFC debut last year but he came up short that night. He more than made up for it in his second appearance as Tafa blasted Juan Adams with punches to secure TKO win with the fight ending at just 1:59 into the opening round.
“I just wanted to prove, we’re warriors,” Tafa said while celebrating his handiwork. “Shout out to the legend, Mark Hunt, you’re the man.”
With only four fights on his resume before Saturday night, Tafa is still learning on the job but he definitely made adjustments ahead of UFC 247. Tafa avoided the long reach and lunching punches that were coming from Adams as he looked to find his timing and range to unload his powerful counter shots.
After tagging Adams with a couple of short left hands it was a massive right hook that came over the top as Tafa connected and immediately put the former Contender Series competitor in trouble.
With his opponent on wobbly legs, Tafa followed up with a devastating right uppercut put Adams on the ground and the referee quickly rushed into stop the fight before any further damage could be dished out.
The win moves Tafa to 4-1 in his career but more importantly he shakes off the loss from his debut and picks up an impressive knockout while handing Adams his third defeat in a row.