Tarec
Saffiedine
15-4-0( W-L-D )
Current Rank: #8 Welterweight

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 11 fights.
Record: 15-4-0
Summary: Standup

Fighter Info

Nickname: Sponge
From: Brussels Belgium
Fights Out Of: Temecula, CA USA
Age: 28
Height: 5' 10" ( 177 cm )
Weight: 170 lb ( 77 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
338
48% Successful
162
Types of Successful Strikes
0
162
96% Standing
155
1
6
Striking Defense
64
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
3
33% Successful
1
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
1
6
0
Takedown Defense
86
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
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
Tarec Saffiedine
Jan 12, 2013
68
116
1
1
0
0
0
1
R5 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Aug 18, 2012
67
53
0
0
1
0
1
0
R3 Decision - Unanimous
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
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
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: Training with the team at 10am, eat and nap, 430pm conditioning, eat and rest a little, then finishing with some pad work, wrestling or grappling, depending on the day.

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, Brown belt in BJJ

Favorite grappling technique: Armbar

Favorite striking technique: Leg kicks

 

  • Pro since 2007

 

  • Five wins by submission, one by knockout

 

  • Has won eight of his last nine, and five in a row

 

  • Five first round finishes

 

  • Holds 2010 win over Brock Larson

 

  • Had 12-1-1 amateur kickboxing record 

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