TIMELINE – This week’s UFC Fight Night event will be held again at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, early Sunday (23/4/2023). In the preliminary card, Mohammed Usman managed to defeat a fighter from New Zealand, Junior Tafa at heavyweight, through the jury’s assessment.
Usman also managed to break Junior Tafa’s undefeated record when he joined the UFC. Tafa originally had a 4-0 record. However, after undergoing a three-round fight against Usman, his unbeaten record is now broken.
The 26-year-old fighter has won all four of his fights via TKO. Something that could make the younger brother of former UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, cower.
Tafa is the favorite to win in this fight. Tafa, who has a track record as a kick boxer, will be able to make Usman helpless. Possessing above-average hitting power, it is predicted that Usman will have difficulty fighting Tafa.
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UFC heavyweight fighter Junior Tafa. (source: (email protected)/junior.tafa)
However, Usman appears quite convincing. He knows the weakness of the opponent. Usman could not collide with a striker like Tafa above the octagon.
Since the bell sounded, signaling the start of the first round of fighting, Usman chose to rely on his wrestling skills. Usman continued to press Tafa against the octagon wall and tried to shoot a take down.
However, Usman’s efforts have not produced results. Tafa even managed to get out of the take down attempt fired by Usman.
Tafa managed to land several hard punches on Usman. However, Usman managed to survive a hard punch to his chin in the first round.
Entering the second round, Usman immediately stepped on the gas and focused on his plan to bring the fight down. Usman also managed to shoot a take down and exploit Tafa through a ground battle.
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The second round ended where Tafa was unable to answer Usman’s take down attempt.
The final round begins. Usman continued to rely on his luck to bring the opponent down. Having resisted Usman’s take down attempts several times, Tafa was finally helpless again.
Usman succeeded in bringing Usman to the octagon canvas. Usman immediately took the initiative to land several punches on Tafa’s face, causing his opponent’s nose to bleed.
One minute before the fight was over, Tafa managed to get out of the bottom battle and brought the fight back to relying on fist fights and kicks.
Even though he excelled in fist fights, he only had less than a minute left. Usman served Tafa’s heavy punches several times while trying to take Tafa down.
Until the bell signaling the end of the third round, Tafa failed to make Usman fall. As a result, the fight must be decided in the hands of the jury. Usman also won through the unanimous assessment of Junior Tafa by the judges.
The UFC Fight Night program can be watched for free via live streaming on Mola TV. The main card of the UFC event pitted Sergei Pavlovich against Curtis Blaydes at the UFC heavyweight.