Tarec
Saffiedine
15-3-0( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 10 fights.
Record: 15-3-0
Summary: Standup

Fighter Info

Nickname: Sponge
From: Brussels Belgium
Fights Out Of: Temecula, CA USA
Age: 27
Height: 5' 10" ( 177 cm )
Weight: 170 lb ( 77 kg )

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
202
59% Successful
120
Types of Successful Strikes
0
120
94% Standing
113
1
6
Striking Defense
56
%
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
0
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Win
Tarec Saffiedine Jan 4, 2014
120 1 1 6 R5 Decision - Unanimous
Hyun Gyu Lim 122 0 1 0
Nate Marquardt Jan 12, 2013
68 1 0 0 R5 Decision - Unanimous
Tarec Saffiedine 116 1 0 1
Win
Tarec Saffiedine Aug 18, 2012
67 0 1 1 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Roger Bowling 53 0 0 0
Win
Tarec Saffiedine Jan 7, 2012
46 2 0 2 R3 Decision - Split
Tyler Stinson 28 0 1 0
Win
Scott Smith
Strikeforce - Fedor vs. Henderson
Jul 30, 2011
21 0 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Tarec Saffiedine 113 0 0 1
Loss
Tyron Woodley
Strikeforce Challengers 13
Jan 7, 2011
45 3 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Tarec Saffiedine 38 0 0 1
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Strikeforce Challengers 8
May 21, 2010
21 0 0 1 R2 KO/TKO
Nate Moore 20 0 0 0
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
Strikeforce Challengers 6
Feb 26, 2010
93 0 0 1 R3 Decision - Unanimous
James Terry 47 2 0 0
Loss
Dong Sik Yoon
DREAM 12
Oct 25, 2009
16 1 4 2 R3 Decision - Split
Tarec Saffiedine 37 1 0 1
Win
Tarec Saffiedine
DREAM 10: Welterweight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round
Jul 20, 2009
51 0 0 3 R2 Decision - Unanimous
Seichi Ikemoto 41 0 0 1

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

  Had 12-1-1 amateur kickboxing record

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