Austen Lane, Justin Tafa

Austen Lane’s debut results in tragic 29-second no contest after eye poking Justin Tafa at UFC on ABC 5

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us today, June 24, 2023, for UFC on ABC 5, going down live from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.

Headlining the event is an epic clash of featherweight contenders where no. 5 ranked Josh Emmett (18-3) collides with no. 9 ranked Ilia Topuria (13-0) in the main event of the evening.

Co-headlining is a flyweight encounter between another pair of contenders in no. 9 ranked Amanda Ribas (12-3) and no. 11 ranked Maycee Barber (12-2).

Our feature fight of the evening came between a pair of knockout artists in former XFC heavyweight champion Justin Tafa (6-3) and former FFC heavyweight champion Austen Lane (12-3).

Of their combined 18 wins, all 18 came via finish with 17 knockouts.

Continue reading to see how this heavyweight encounter went down:

Official Result: Justin Tafa vs Austen Lane results in a no contest (eye poke) at :29 of round one

Lane lands a couple solid round kicks to the body once the bout begins, and Tafa comes very close to landing one of his bombs on a couple occasions. However, early on in round one, Lane accidently pokes Tafa in the eye, forcing it to swell up and bleed.

As a result, Tafa was unable to continue and the bout unfortunately went down as a no contest.

Austen Lane lost to Greg Hardy on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. Hardy went on to have a controversial UFC debut himself, losing via disqualification in round two. Now five years later Lane makes his UFC debut and it results in a no contest less than a minute into the fight.

Lane came into this bout on a six-fight win streak, and Tafa KO’d his last two opponents in a combined 2:59.

There was a lot of anticipation for this one, one of them was certainly to get knocked out, but unfortunately, that’s not how it went and we got no winner.

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Brady Ordway
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