Their heavyweight fight, which took position Saturday at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, took position on the preliminary card. When the dust settled, it was Felipe who defeated Tafa by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
For the bulk of 3 rounds, Felipe (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Tafa stood in the pocket. Each adult men swung significant heat in a boxing-significant affair. A close initially round observed Tafa utilize his assortment and specialized kickboxing. The entire body was a big target.
In Round 2, the large-octane portion of the struggle commenced. Felipe and Tafa exchanged large pictures, nevertheless neither strike the canvas. A key punch from Felipe battered Tafa’s still left eye, but someway the Australian survived. As the clock wound down, the two heavyweights threw protection out the window and swung in a wild, group-pleasing exchange.
Spherical 3 played out a great deal like Round 2, with both equally fighters likely for the complete. With less than 30 seconds on the clock, the heavyweights slugged it out with reckless abandon.
With the win, Felipe extends his successful streak to two. As for Tafa, the decline is his 2nd in 3 UFC appearances.
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