The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim will square off in the main event of Saturday′s (Jan. 4‚ 2014) UFC Fight Night 34 from Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay‚ Singapore.
Saffiedine was originally slated to face Jake Ellenberger but “Juggernaut” had to withdraw with an injury. Lim was already fighting at UFC Fight Night 34 and became a natural choice to replace Ellenberger.
A veteran of mixed martial arts (MMA) for nearly eight years‚ Saffiedine will make his long awaited UFC debut after closing out Strikeforce′s final show in January as the promotions last welterweight champion. He upset Nate Marquardt with a brutal clinic of leg kicks‚ gaining him a good amount of momentum heading into UFC.
Lim is a power striker who′s on a white–hot seven–fight win streak with all of the victories being finishes. He has shown an almost uncanny ability to put his foes to sleep since his last loss way back in 2009. Lim doesn′t have much to lose here as he was originally set to face the much lesser known Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 34.
Now he is fighting a champion of a major organization with a chance to get on a three fight win streak in one of the best divisions in all of MMA.
Lim has to harness the possibility of that prospect rather than letting it burden him. As a replacement he wont lose too much position wise should he lose‚ but he truly has the chance to shake things up with a victory. To do so‚ he is going to have to figure a way to get inside of Saffiedine′s striking range to unleash some bombs.
The lights will be shining bright on Lim. He can prove that he′s ready for a quick rise by finishing Saffiedine. If he can stay calm and find an opening for his effective striking‚ Lim could score the big upset.
Saffiedine should have the technical edge in most areas in this fight. Lim has the power advantage‚ however‚ so it′s up to “Sponge” to absorb everything Lim throws his way. It wasn′t the top–level fight he was hoping for but Saffiedine needs to win and win impressively to stay relevant in a fast moving division.
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