Pouli Amanda Tafa, who has raised two professional UFC Heavyweight fighters, had called for Samoa’s youth to take up MMA fighting as a sport, instead of fighting at the market and around town.
In-fighting amongst schools in Samoa is a common occurrence with public incidents of youth fighting at the marketplace in Apia and even in Salelologa Savaii.
Pouli is here with her sons, Justin and Junior Tafa and their families, to promote Mixed Marshal Arts, and lay the foundation for programs to introduce the sport to schools and villages.
“We’d like to talk to the schools, as planned with Samoa Tourism, and the young people of our country [about MMA]. There may be some who are interested in taking up the sport,” says Pouli.
“O loo iai se faamoemoe faapea e fia talanoa i aoga, pei foi o latou faamoemoega ma le tourism, a ae maise alo ma fanau a le tatou atunuu, atonu e iai nisi e fiafia e taaalo iai.”
“I know it [professional MMA] is better than what kids are doing now which is fighting at the market and around the town area,” says the mother of the Tafa brothers.
“But if they fought professionally, I tell you, they could earn a lot of money and be a blessing to their families.”
“Ou te iloa e sili atu nai lo le mea lea e fai e tamaiti o le fusu i le maketi ma fusu i le taulaga, ae ana o e fusu faapela, ou te faiatu i lou afioga, e tele tupe e maua ai ma manuia latou aiga.”
Justin Tafa, 29, has registered 7 wins from 11 fights with 3 losses and one no contest. All 7 of Justin’s wins have been by knock out.
Junior Tafa, 27, is a former Glory heavyweight kickboxer and now a MMA fighter in the Heavyweight division of the UFC as well. Junior TTaf’s professional record is 5 wins and 1 loss.
Both Junior Tafa and his brother Justin are known for their immense power, and both UFC heavyweights have a perfect 100% KO win record. Both brothers are now Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters.
UFC is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organisation (MMA), with more than 625 million fans and 155 million social media followers across the globe.
Prime Minister Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa took time out today to thank the Tafa brothers for their contribution to promoting Samoa through their sporting achievements.
Everytime the Tafa brothers enter the ring, the Samoan flag is draped on their shoulders and when they pose for official photos, they carry the Samoan flag 🇼🇸 each time.
The Tafa brothers are from Satupaitea and Satufia in Savaii through their father, while their Mom, Pouli, is from Mulifanua.