"Bad Man"


Fighting style: Striker
Stance: Southpaw
Division: Heavyweight
Height: 6' 0"
Reach: 74"
Leg reach: 40.00
Weight: 264 lbs.
Team: Tafa Gang Fight Team/ NTG
Nationality: West Auckland, New Zealand
Out of: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Age: 29


Wins by KO: 5



Significant Strikes Attempted: 348
Significant Strikes Landed: 189


Takedowns Attempted: 2


Justin Tafa is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Tafa was born on January 12, 1993 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is of Tongan descent and speaks fluent English and Tongan.

Tafa began his combat sports career training kickboxing and karate at the age of twelve before transitioning to MMA when he was sixteen. After competing in local competitions as an amateur for several years, he made his professional debut in June 2015 against Richard Fa’aoso at Impact FC 2: Rising Stars Fight Night. Tafa won the fight via submission due to strikes in round three.

After compiling a successful record of 3 wins and 1 loss, Tafa joined Australia’s Battlefield Fight League where he quickly rose up its ranks beating Armin Popovic by KO in just 15 seconds of their match-up. This victory earned him a spot on UFC’s first event held in Melbourne Australia against Rashad Coulter which ended with another knockout win for Justin making it 4-1 as a pro MMA fighter overall.

In April 2018 after going 5-2 outside of UFC including winning four fights via stoppage from punches or kicks along with another unanimous decision victory, Justin signed with the promotion officially announcing that he would make his Octagon debut at UFC 225 later that year against Tai Tuivasa where upon losing due to injury retirement late into round twohe still showed what led him joining one if not THE most prestigious organization within this sport worldwide; toughness!

Since then Justin has gone 0-3 recording losses consecutively vs Yorgan de Castro , Carlos Felipe , and most recently Serghei Spivac . Despite being winless since entering the promotionTafta has shown time & time again why you never count him out even when things seem dark; it’s something that makes him stand out amongst many other fighters within the heavyweight division featured by themost prominent league around showcasing Mixed Martial Arts today!

Currently fighting out Team 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu under Eddie Bravo who also coaches former champions such as Tony Ferguson & Fabricio Werdum among others -Justin sees 2020 as his fresh start rejuvenating himself while strengthening all aspects related towards success both inside & outside The Octagon In order to establish himself firmly on this elite stage once more!

Fight History

Karl Williams
Justin Tafa: Defeated
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Mar 23, 2024
UFC Fight Night: Ribas vs. Namajunas
Rinya Nakamura
Awaiting Outcome
Sat. Feb 17, 2024
UFC 298: Volkanovski vs. Topuria
Austen Lane
Justin Tafa: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 1 @ 1:22
Sat. Sep 09, 2023
UFC 293: Adesanya vs. Strickland
Austen Lane
Justin Tafa: Defeated
by No Contest in Round 1 @ 0:29
Sat. Jun 24, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Emmett vs. Topuria
Parker Porter
Justin Tafa: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 1 @ 1:06
Sat. Feb 11, 2023
UFC 284: Makhachev vs. Volkanovski
Harry Hunsucker
Justin Tafa: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 1 @ 1:53
Sat. Dec 18, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus
Jared Vanderaa
Justin Tafa: Defeated
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. May 22, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt
Carlos Felipe
Justin Tafa: Defeated
by Decision in Round 3
Sat. Jan 16, 2021
UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar
Juan Adams
Justin Tafa: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 1
Sat. Feb 08, 2020
UFC 247: Jones vs. Reyes
Yorgan De Castro
Justin Tafa: Defeated
by KO/TKO in Round 1
Sat. Oct 05, 2019
UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya


Justin Tafa Record?
Justin Tafa has a record of 7 wins, 3 losses, and 1 no contest in the UFC.

Justin Tafa Vs Austen Lane?
At UFC 293, Justin Tafa delivered a stunning performance, scoring a knockout victory over Austen Lane.

Justin Tafa Ethnicity?
Justin Tafa is of Samoan descent.

Justin Tafa Ufc?
Justin Tafa is a heavyweight fighter in the UFC from Australia who is known for his powerful striking.

Justin Tafa Age?
UFC fighter Justin Tafa is 30 years old.

Justin Tafa Brother?
Justin Tafa's brother is Junior Tafa, who is a former Glory heavyweight kickboxer and now an MMA fighter in the Heavyweight division of the UFC.

Justin Tafa Next Fight?
Justin Tafa's next fight is scheduled against Marcos Rogério de Lima on February 17, 2024, at UFC 298.

Justin Tafa Height?
UFC fighter Justin Tafa has a height of 6′ 0″.

Justin Tafa Sherdog?
Justin "Bad Man" Tafa is a professional MMA fighter with statistics, pictures, news, videos, and a biography available for viewing on Sherdog.