Tarec
Saffiedine
16-5-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: #13 Welterweight
Fight Night Bonuses: 1 Fight of the Night

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 13 fights.
Record: 16-5-0
Summary: Standup

Fighter Info

Nickname: Sponge
From: Brussels Belgium
Fights Out Of: Brussels, Belgium USA
Age: 30
Height: 5' 10" ( 177 cm )
Weight: 170 lb ( 77 kg )
Reach 70"
Leg Reach 42"

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
540
46% Successful
248
Types of Successful Strikes
0
248
90% Standing
222
20
6
Striking Defense
63
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
5
20% Successful
1
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
1
7
0
Takedown Defense
88
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay Awards
Loss
Tarec Saffiedine
May 29, 2016
32
58
0
0
0
0
0
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Jan 30, 2016
54
30
0
0
0
0
1
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
Tarec Saffiedine
Oct 4, 2014
47
42
1
0
0
0
0
0
R3 KO/TKO
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Jan 4, 2014
120
122
1
0
1
1
6
0
R5 Decision - Unanimous
Fight of the Night
Tarec Saffiedine
STRIKEFORCE®:Marquardt vs. Saffiedine
Jan 12, 2013
68
116
1
1
0
0
0
1
R5 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
STRIKEFORCE on Showtime 3:Rousey vs. Kaufman
Aug 18, 2012
67
53
0
0
1
0
1
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
STRIKEFORCE:Rockhold vs. Jardine
Jan 7, 2012
46
28
2
0
0
1
2
0
R3 Decision - Split
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Strikeforce - Fedor vs. Henderson
Jul 30, 2011
21
113
0
0
0
0
0
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
Tarec Saffiedine
Strikeforce Challengers 13
Jan 7, 2011
45
38
3
0
0
0
0
1
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Strikeforce Challengers 8
May 21, 2010
21
20
0
0
0
0
1
0
R2 KO/TKO
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Strikeforce Challengers 6
Feb 26, 2010
93
47
0
2
0
0
1
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Loss
Dong Sik Yoon
Tarec Saffiedine
DREAM 12
Oct 25, 2009
16
37
1
1
4
0
2
1
R3 Decision - Split
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Seichi Ikemoto
DREAM 10: Welterweight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round
Jul 20, 2009
51
41
0
0
0
0
3
1
R2 Decision - Unanimous

Biography

TRAINING: 8:30am wake up and breakfast
11am training
1pm lunch and spending time with family.
4pm snack
6pm more training.
8pm dinner
10pm sleep
 
When and why did you start training for fighting? I played a lot of sports growing up and in high school. When I was 16 some friends were training in MMA, so I tried and liked it as soon as I tried. I tried to train everyday with them until I started training in Shihaishinkai Karate. I got my black belt in 2005, then I wanted to turn pro in MMA after a lot of amateur fights in Muay Thai, grappling, Shooto, karate etc...
 
What ranks and titles have you held? The last Strikeforce welterweight champion. I won the Belgium amateur Shooto tournament, and I went to ADCC Europe after winning the ADCC Spain qualifications.
 
Do you have any heroes? I got involved in MMA also because I was reading a lot of manga (Japanese comics) and one of them was called TOUGH. It told the story of a young kid who learns MMA through his father, his name was Kibo Miyazawa, and I loved the story behind it and wanted to do like him.
 
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It’s unbelievable. I will be the first Belgian to ever enter the cage and I am super excited about that! I want to be the first Belgian to win inside the UFC!
 
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I stopped going to college because I was skipping too many classes to go train, so I stopped. Later I did a few classes to earn a certificate in personal training.
 
What was your job before you started fighting? I worked as a gardener, popcorn maker in a cinema, ticket seller in a cinema, guard security, worked in a doctor office and painter
 
Ranks in any martial arts styles: Black belt in Shihaishinkai Karate, black belt in BJJ
 
Favorite grappling technique: Armbar
 
Favorite Striking technique: Leg kicks

• Pro since 2007

• Five wins by submission (Keylock, arm triangle, 2 armbar, kimura), one by knockout

• Has won 9 of his last 12

• Five first round finishes

• Holds 2010 win over Brock Larson

• Had 12-1-1 amateur kickboxing record

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