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Justin Tafa expresses frustration after horrifying UFC Jacksonville eye poke, Austen Lane offers apology

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Following the declaration of a no-contest in his fight against Austen Lane at UFC Jacksonville, heavyweight fighter Justin Tafa voiced his discontent with the decision.

Tafa took to Twitter, sharing an image of his injured eye and calling for justice. He asserted, “I should be awarded my win bonus. That’s a clear disqualification.”

The heavyweight bout between Tafa and Lane was halted only 29 seconds into the contest at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. During an exchange, Lane’s finger unintentionally entered Tafa’s left eye, causing immediate and evident pain. Tafa doubled over, with blood visibly flowing from his injured eye.

Referee Dan Miragliotta promptly summoned the ringside doctor to assess Tafa’s condition and asked if he could continue. After a brief examination, the doctor decided against clearing Tafa to proceed, leading to the fight being called off.

The pivotal point in the official outcome stemmed from Miragliotta’s determination that Lane’s eye poke was accidental, resulting in the declaration of a no-contest. Had the referee deemed the action intentional, Lane would have been disqualified.

A video capturing the incident and the aftermath, including Tafa’s fellow fighters reacting to the eye poke, circulated widely. Shortly after Tafa’s Twitter post, Lane responded and expressed his regret regarding the unfortunate incident.

“Justin Tafa… I apologize,” Lane wrote. “That’s not how I wanted it to go down. I take responsibility for my actions, and I sincerely hope your eye recovers soon.”

He also addressed the local community, stating, “To the city I consider my home, the support you showed me as I entered the octagon is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. I regret that I couldn’t deliver the performance you deserved.”

Lane, previously an NFL defensive end who transitioned to professional MMA, made his debut in the UFC at the Jacksonville event after securing a contract on The Contender Series. His professional record stands at 12-3.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC eye poke

What happened during the UFC Jacksonville fight between Justin Tafa and Austen Lane?

During the UFC Jacksonville fight, Austen Lane accidentally poked Justin Tafa in the eye, causing immediate pain and injury.

What was the outcome of the fight?

The fight was declared a no-contest due to the eye poke and subsequent inability of Justin Tafa to continue.

Was the eye poke intentional?

Referee Dan Miragliotta determined that the eye poke was accidental, resulting in the fight being declared a no-contest. If it had been ruled intentional, Austen Lane could have been disqualified.

How did Justin Tafa and Austen Lane react to the incident?

Justin Tafa expressed frustration on Twitter, demanding his win bonus and calling for a disqualification. Austen Lane responded with an apology, taking responsibility for the incident and expressing concern for Tafa’s well-being.

What is Austen Lane’s background in fighting?

Austen Lane, a former NFL defensive end, made his octagon debut at UFC Jacksonville after earning a contract on The Contender Series. He has a professional record of 12-3.

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mmafan88 June 25, 2023 - 5:26 am

justin tafa deserv his win bonus for that eye poke! totaly agree, should be a disqualification man, no-contest is a bs call!

fightlover123 June 25, 2023 - 7:33 am

omg, that eye poke was horrifyin! justin tafa was in so much pain, blood everywhere. hope his eye gets better soon!

sportsfan23 June 25, 2023 - 2:35 pm

austen lane shouldnt have poked justin tafa in the eye, it was an accident. glad he apologized tho, shows sportsmanship. ufc fights can be brutal sometimes!

octagonwarrior June 25, 2023 - 9:07 pm

ufc fights are no joke, injuries happen. justin tafa and austen lane both showed class in their response to the eye poke. respect to them both!

ufcobsessed June 25, 2023 - 11:06 pm

referee shouldve dq’d austen lane for that eye poke. no-contest is a cop-out! justin tafa got robbed of his win.


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