Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won Sudario vs Tafa?
Junior Tafa beat Tsuyoshi Sudario by during the main card of RIZIN 40, on Saturday 31st December 2022 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Junior Tafa.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Sudario vs Tafa stats
Tsuyoshi Sudario stepped into the octagon with a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Junior Tafa made his way to the cage with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Sudario had a massive power advantage over Tafa, boasting at 100% knock out percentage over Tafa's 0%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested that Sudario and Tafa would have been pretty equal, both with a 0% submission rate.
Tsuyoshi Sudario was the younger man by 1 year, at 26 years old.
Sudario was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 2020, 3 year and 2 months later than Tafa, whose first professional fight was in . He had fought 14 more professional rounds, 14 to Tafa's 0.
Sudario vs Tafa form
Tsuyoshi Sudario had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Janos Csukas at RIZIN 39 on 23rd October 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Marine Messe Fukuoka Hall A, Fukuoka, Japan.
Previous to that, he had won against Hideki Sekine at RIZIN 37 on 31st July 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
Going into that contest, he had beat Saint at RIZIN 31 on 24th October 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Pia Arena MM (ぴあありーなMM), Yokohama.
Before that, he had been beaten by Shoma Shibisai at RIZIN 28 on 13th June 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at Tokyo Dome(東京ドーム), Bunkyo.
He had defeated Kazushi Miyamoto at RIZIN 27 on 21st March 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Nippongaishi Hall(日本ガイシホール), Nagoya.
Sudario's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 10 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.6 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Sudario vs Tafa?
Tsuyoshi Sudario was a 4/6 (-150) favourite going into the contest, while Junior Tafa made his way into the ring at 11/10 (+110) with oddsmakers.