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Justin Tafa Speaks Out on UFC Vegas 45 Weight Miss

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UFC heavyweight fighter Justin Tafa has recently broken his silence on history breaking weight-miss at UFC Vegas 45.

Justin Tafa was thrown straight into the deep-end upon his UFC arrival, only having a 3-0 record behind his name. Since joining the organisation, the Ozzie has gone 2-3. Saturday night, Tafa broke a two-fight skid by knocking out Harry Hunsucker in spectacular fashion. With a ton of pressure on his shoulders, Tafa made it look easy.

Post-fight the impressive performance was overshadowed by the fact he became the first fighter in UFC history to miss the heavyweight weight limit. Tafa weighed in at 267 pounds, one pound over the 266 lbs maximum.

In his post-fight press conference, Tafa explained to the media what went wrong.

“For me, man, usually, if I get the same purses every time, then everything works out good,” Tafa said. “This week I water-loaded like I usually did, but I lost no weight at all, and I knew by the time it hit Thursday, I was like, ‘Damn, man.’ Usually I’m down four, five pounds. I knew it was gonna be a hard cut. I sauna’d for like 11, 12 hours just to get it and by the time I hit that last pound, I was just like, ‘No, I don’t think I could fight if I continued.’ But you know, the goal of mine was to make history, and that wasn’t the way I wanted to.”

He continued, “I was done, bro. Everyone that was there, the PI could see how much work I put in there, and I was barely making it. It was unprofessional of me, and it will never happen again, and I apologize to all those that were involved, but Harry got that purse. A one-pound disadvantage at heavyweight isn’t the same as a one-pound disadvantage at featherweight. We’re heavyweights at the end of the day, and he still got that 30 percent, but he’s going home with a sore head, and I’m going home with my hands raised.”

Quotes via MMA Junkie

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