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Highlights! Justin Tafa shuts out Austen Lane with nasty first-round knockout | UFC 293

Justin Tafa got the closure he was looking for earlier tonight (Sat., Sept. 9, 2023) at UFC 293 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, when the heavyweight veteran stopped Austen Lane with a vicious first-round knockout. The main card matchup was a rematch of their first meeting back at UFC Jacksonville this past June, which ended in a gruesome eye poke that rendered Tafa unable to fight (see HERE).

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MASSIVE MIDDLEWEIGHT MATCH! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its highly anticipated return to Sydney, Australia, for the first time in five years on Sat., Sept. 9, 2023, with a 185-pound world title fight inside Qudos Bank Arena. In the ESPN+-streamed pay-per-view (PPV) main event, Middleweight roost-ruler, Israel Adesanya, plans to silence No. 5-seeded contender, Sean Strickland. In UFC 293’s hard-hitting Heavyweight co-main event, No-6-ranked fan favorite, Tai Tuivasa, locks horns with towering Russian, Alexander Volkov (No. 8).

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Oddly enough, Lane ended up poking Tafa in the eye again in the opening moments of Saturday’s rematch. It wasn’t anything serious, but certainly brought back bad memories for Tafa. Luckily, Tafa was able to regain his composure and do what he does best.

With just over a minute off the clock Tafa landed a brutal overhand left that dropped Lane. Tafa stood there for a second looking for the referee to step in. The ref didn’t so Tafa jumped on Lane and unloaded massive punches. Lane stood no chance and ate some pretty nasty shots before the fight was waved off.

Check out the highlights below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:

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This story originally appeared on MMA Mania

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