The second of two heavyweight fights on UFC 247’s Pay-Per-View card.
This is a fight between two young, exciting heavyweights, Justin Tafa (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Juan Adams (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC, 1-0 DWCS). Out of eight combined wins, Tafa and Adams have eight finishes by KO/TKO.
These two are set to square off third on the main card, right before the women’s flyweight championship fight, where Valentina Shevchenko (18-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) looks to defend her title for a third time against challenger, Katlyn Chookagian (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC).
A closer look
Despite both fighters getting off to hot starts in their pro MMA careers, Tafa and Adams are coming off of losses in their last fights.
Tafa suffered a first-round knockout loss in his UFC debut which also happened to be in front of his hometown crowd in Melbourne, Australia at UFC 243 Adesanya vs. Whittaker.
Adams suffered a first-round TKO loss to former NFL player turned UFC fighter, Greg Hardy (5-2 MMA 2-2 UFC).
The Australian mentioned to Mike Bohn with MMA Junkie that it can’t get much worse for him than losing in front of his home crowd, so he’s heading into this fight against Adams with less pressure on his shoulders.
“You know, for me the last event wasn’t as much about the amount of people or stuff like that, it was more so about how much it meant to me, you know. So close to home and all (of) that,” said Tafa.
Even though Tafa has less pressure on him, he looks to win in impressive fashion on Saturday night, and get back on the winning track by securing his first victory inside the UFC’s octagon.
Juan Adams is coming off of back-to-back losses and desperately needs a win in Saturday’s contest to avoid potentially being released from the promotions heavyweight roster.
The UFC is well-known for releasing fighters after suffering three consecutive losses, unless they are veterans of the promotion or have a large fan base or both.
Adams made his way into the UFC by fighting on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWCS), which can be seen exclusively on UFC Fightpass or ESPN+, where MMA fighters compete for UFC contracts, depending on how impressive their performance is.
After recieving a contract, Adams followed that up with a third-round TKO in his UFC debut.
Although Adams has hit a recent speedbump in his last two fights, he has shown high potential in all of his past victories and he looks to get back in the win column, Saturday night.