In his fighting career, Justin Tafa is accustomed to quick conclusions of bouts but certainly not in the manner that occurred at UFC Jacksonville this past Saturday.
A bout between Austen Lane and Tafa, both known for their heavyweight punches, was cut short due to an inadvertent eye poke by Lane. Despite officials providing Tafa with multiple opportunities to recover and continue the fight, the severe bleeding from his eye made it impossible. The bout was called off just 29 seconds into the first round and declared a no-contest.
To view the unfortunate incident and the ending of the fight, see the video below.
Tafa and Lane, both renowned for finishing fights swiftly, had no chance to display their skills. Lane’s hand accidentally hit Tafa’s eye just moments after the fight began, causing Tafa to instantly pull back. Referee Dan Miragliotta paused the bout to give Tafa a chance to recover.
However, upon examination by the ringside doctor, Tafa communicated his inability to see from his injured eye. Even though additional time was provided for potential improvement, his eye’s condition remained critical, and the decision was made that the bout could not continue.
Post the no-contest result, Tafa’s UFC record stands at 3-3, while Lane, making his debut, will have to anticipate his next fight to achieve his first official victory in the octagon.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about UFC Jacksonville No-Contest
Who was involved in the UFC Jacksonville no-contest bout?
The no-contest bout at UFC Jacksonville involved fighters Justin Tafa and Austen Lane.
Why was the UFC Jacksonville bout between Justin Tafa and Austen Lane declared a no-contest?
The bout was declared a no-contest due to an accidental eye poke from Austen Lane to Justin Tafa. Despite attempts to recover, Tafa was unable to continue due to the severity of the eye injury.
How long did the bout between Justin Tafa and Austen Lane last?
The bout between Justin Tafa and Austen Lane at UFC Jacksonville was called off just 29 seconds into the opening round.
What is the current UFC record of Justin Tafa?
Following the no-contest result at UFC Jacksonville, Justin Tafa’s UFC record stands at 3 wins and 3 losses.
When can we expect Austen Lane’s official debut fight result in the UFC?
Austen Lane will have his next opportunity to record his first official win in the UFC in his subsequent fight, the date of which is yet to be determined.