Vicente Luque Explains Why he Wants Bout With Tarec Saffiedine

Vicente Luque has an opponent in mind for his next bout. Luque last competed back in March. He suffered a unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC Fight Night 107. The defeat snapped “The Silent Assassin’s” four-fight winning streak. The welterweight recently told MMAFighting.com that a stand-up war with Tarec Saffiedine intrigues him: “There’s […]

Vicente Luque has an opponent in mind for his next bout. Luque last competed back in March. He suffered a unanimous decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC Fight Night 107. The defeat snapped “The Silent Assassin’s” four-fight winning streak. The welterweight recently told MMAFighting.com that a stand-up war with Tarec Saffiedine intrigues him: “There‚Äôs […]

Rafael dos Anjos Earns Decision Win Over Tarec Saffiedine

Rafael dos Anjos (26-9) made his welterweight debut a successful one against Tarec Saffiedine (16-7). Right away Saffiedine went for a high kick. A body kick was there for dos Anjos. A kick was caught by Saffiedine and he took down the former UFC lightweight champion. A kimura attempt from the bottom didn’t go anywhere […]

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Rafael dos Anjos (26-9) made his welterweight debut a successful one against Tarec Saffiedine (16-7).

Right away Saffiedine went for a high kick. A body kick was there for dos Anjos. A kick was caught by Saffiedine and he took down the former UFC lightweight champion. A kimura attempt from the bottom didn’t go anywhere for dos Anjos. They stood back up and Saffiedine pushed his opponent against the fence.

They separated and dos Anjos put some pressure on the former Strikeforce welterweight title holder. He took Saffiedine down.They stood back up, but dos Anjos kept pressuring his opponent. He got in some body shots and punches upstairs in close range as the final horn sounded.

The second round began and dos Anjos kept making it a close-range fight. Saffiedine avoided a takedown attempt. He pushed his opponent towards the fence, but had the position reversed. Saffiedine went for a takedown, but it didn’t pan out. The round ended with dos Anjos in control.

At the start of the final frame, dos Anjos landed a body kick. A right hook connected for Saffiedine. A jab was there for dos Anjos. A knee to the body in the clinch found its target for dos Anjos. Like the first two rounds, the clinch work was there for dos Anjos, who landed a body kick. Saffiedine popped him with a jab. The round ended on a missed high kick from dos Anjos.

All three judges scored the fight for dos Anjos.

Final Result: Rafael dos Anjos def. Tarec Saffiedine via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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Time to Get Real About UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia

While the rest of the world discusses Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather for another three months, the UFC machine must go on. That means UFC Fight Night 111 from Singapore this Saturday morning and streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. At quick glance, the card might not offer much to the casual viewer, but upon […]

While the rest of the world discusses Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather for another three months, the UFC machine must go on. That means UFC Fight Night 111 from Singapore this Saturday morning and streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. At quick glance, the card might not offer much to the casual viewer, but upon […]

UFC Fight Night 111 Predictions: Main Card Staff Picks

The UFC’s quest for global appeal continues this weekend, as the Octagon lands in Singapore for Fight Night 111. While local fans will get a rare taste of top-flight mixed martial arts action, North American fans will be forced to set their alarms Satu…

The UFC’s quest for global appeal continues this weekend, as the Octagon lands in Singapore for Fight Night 111. While local fans will get a rare taste of top-flight mixed martial arts action, North American fans will be forced to set their alarms Saturday morning or forego the event altogether.

Headlining the 12-bout UFC Fight Pass event are a pair of bantamweights looking to find their footing in the pursuit of division gold. Holly Holm once held the title but has scuttled to three straight losses after she emphatically ended the era of Ronda Rousey. Bethe Correia has meanwhile posted a 1-1-1 since her ruinous title run ended with a 34-second knockout defeat to the fighter known as “Rowdy.”

The co-main event features another former champion, Andrei Arlovski, go up against an up-and-coming foe. The Belarusian, who has dropped four straight contests, will look to turn back the clock against Marcin Tybura, who has posted consecutive wins since faltering in his UFC debut.

The main card is rounded out by a pair of welterweight showdowns between Dong Hyun Kim and Colby Covington, and Rafael dos Anjos and Tarec Saffiedine.

As Bleacher Report is wont to do, we’ve assembled our predictions crew to provide insight into how these fights will play out. Read on for predictions from Scott Harris, Nathan McCarter, Steven Rondina and Craig Amos.

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Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Tarec Saffiedine Set For UFC Fight Night 111

The UFC has announced two bouts for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 111 event. Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-9) and ex-Strikeforce welterweight titleholder Tarec Saffiedine (16-6) are slated for a welterweight bout while a flyweight bout between undefeated 19-year-old flyweight Naoki Inoue (10-0) and Carls John de Tomas (6-0) was also announced

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The UFC has announced two bouts for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 111 event. Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-9) and ex-Strikeforce welterweight titleholder Tarec Saffiedine (16-6) are slated for a welterweight bout while a flyweight bout between undefeated 19-year-old flyweight Naoki Inoue (10-0) and Carls John de Tomas (6-0) was also announced for the card.

Dos Anjos won the lightweight title in 2015 after beating Anthony Pettis then he followed it up with a quick TKO win over Donald Cerrone. This was when his career took a nose dive as he has since suffered losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson.

Saffiedine recently suffered a split-decision defeat to Dong Hyun Kim and is now in a 1-3 skid since his win over Hyun Gyu Lim in 2014.

UFC Fight Night 111 takes place on June 17th Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. This event will air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. Here is the updated card for the event:

The latest UFC Fight Night 111 lineup includes:

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcin Tybura
Russell Doane vs. Kwan Ho Kwak
Takanori Gomi vs. Jon Tuck
Ulka Sasaki vs. Justin Scoggins
Cyril Asker vs. Walt Harris
Carls John de Tomas vs. Naoki Inoue
Wang Guan vs. TBA

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How About Tarec Saffiedine-Rafael Dos Anjos? Former Strikeforce Champ Extends Invite

Tarec Saffiedine believes he is the perfect fighter to welcome Rafael dos Anjos to the welterweight division.

@RdosAnjosMMA I hear you want to make a move to the WW division! Let’s do it! #standupaffair #UFCLondon

— Tarec Saffiedine (@tarecfighter) January 11, 2017

Saffiedine, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, has struggled since making the move to the UFC. He has dropped back-to-back decisions to Dong Hyun Kim and Rick Story, and is just 1-3 over his last four and 2-3 with the promotion.

Dos Anjos won the UFC lightweight title vs. Anthony Pettis and defended it vs. Donald Cerrone before being knocked out by Eddie Alvarez. He lost a bout with Tony Ferguson last year and decided recently to make the move to 170 pounds.

Tarec Saffiedine believes he is the perfect fighter to welcome Rafael dos Anjos to the welterweight division.

Saffiedine, a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, has struggled since making the move to the UFC. He has dropped back-to-back decisions to Dong Hyun Kim and Rick Story, and is just 1-3 over his last four and 2-3 with the promotion.

Dos Anjos won the UFC lightweight title vs. Anthony Pettis and defended it vs. Donald Cerrone before being knocked out by Eddie Alvarez. He lost a bout with Tony Ferguson last year and decided recently to make the move to 170 pounds.