Tafa, a fighter of Samoan descent who was born in New Zealand and now lives in Australia, won his rematch against Lane by first-round knockout. The victory was made sweeter by the fact that it happened in front of his home crowd in Sydney, Australia. Tafa followed up with another return home: a trip to Samoa, completed by a meeting with the Prime Minister of that country.
Despite a population of less than 250,000 by some estimates, fighters of Samoan descent are well represented within the UFC Octagon, including Tafa, his brother Junior Tafa, Tai Tuivasa and Tyson Pedro, to name a few. to name just a few. According to Tafa, however, the country itself has yet to fully catch the mixed martial arts bug.
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“It’s still quite new; Boxing is probably the main combat sport in Samoa. Some of them thought UFC was like WWE (laughs) but the potential is endless,” Tafa said. “There are a lot of great Samoan fighters in the UFC at the moment and once the locals master the ground game and how MMA works, I think they will thrive.”
The knockout victory over Lane increased Tafa’s UFC Octagon record to 4-3 (1 NC), with all of his victories coming via first-round knockout.