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Six new contests have been added to One Fighting Championship’s May 30 offering, including a bantamweight showdown between Xian Ji and Thanh Vu.
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Former Bellator MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren now has a date and an opponent for his One Fighting Championship debut.
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UFC Singapore results: Sooo…About this morning

Sooo…about this morning?

This morning (Jan. 4, 2014), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hit the Singapore shores with UFC Fight Night 34: “Saffiedine vs. Lim,” live from the Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay. The event aired exclusively on the UFC’s recently launched “Fight Pass” digital service.

The card ended up being pretty entertaining, though it wasn’t perfect. In the main event, Tarec Saffiedine won a hard fought decision over Hyun Gyu Lim in his UFC debut. The former Strikeforce Welterweight champion could have finished the fight in the third round, but didn’t press the action. The card also featured the debut of “The Crusher” Tatsuya Kawajiri.

So with the fights over and Saturday night just beginning, let’s talk about this morning…

Tarec is good but has a ways to go…

Tarec Saffiedine looked pretty good in his bout with Hyun Gyu Lim. That’s the very basic assessment of his showing. His leg kicks were on point and everything he threw landed on target. On the surface, that’s as good of a UFC debut as he could have hoped to have.

However, he should have done all of that. As the last Strikeforce Welterweight champion, Saffiedine entered the Octagon with some high expectations. He’s supposed to beat guys like Lim. He’s just a better class of fighter and fighters like Lim are the supposed “easy” match ups.

He destroyed Lim’s leg and at one point dropped him with leg kicks. The fight probably could have been finished had Saffiedine not followed Lim to the ground. That’s really the biggest take away. Saffiedine dominated a fighter he was expected to beat yet couldn’t get the finish.

Hopefully it was just a case of a fighter struggling to get up for an opponent who is so clearly out of their class. That’s the only explanation for his complete indifference in the fifth and final round.

“Crusher” has still got it…

Being totally honest, I wasn’t really impressed with Tatsuya Kawajiri’s showing early in the first round. Sean Soriano was landing some very good strikes and prevented several takedown attempts, Kawajiri’s bread and butter. However, when Kawajiri did get the fight to the ground he looked really good.

He clearly still can compete, though his time in the sport is probably pretty limited due to his age. At 35 years old, he’s in his twilight years. The lighterweight divisions are meant for young fighters. Guys like Urijah Faber are the exception to that rule.

And maybe just maybe, we’ll be able to add “Crusher” to that list of old fighters who can still compete in the young man’s game.

Also, legit respect for that post-fight interview. Legend.

Fight Pass was sort of a success…

As I wrote immediately following the event, I’m not exactly sure how I feel about “Fight Pass” as a means of watching fights. I’m a fan of mixed martial arts (MMA) so the more, the better. And while the level of talent was pretty low on this card, it turned out to be pretty entertaining.

The big issue is that the delivery of the fight just didn’t really impress me all that much. It’s still a beta product — whether the UFC wants to admit it or not — and should be treated as such. What was advertised and what was delivered isn’t even close to being the same.

There are also issues with the user interface. It just feels super rushed in order to actually stream today’s fights.

The good news is that the UFC is listening and will be making improvements. We know that because UFC President Dana White was on Twitter talking to fans and passing along reactions to the UFC’s latest product. It isn’t perfect but maybe one day it will be.

Additional Thoughts…

  • Brian Stann totally killed it in the booth. Since retiring from MMA, he’s been working as a commentator for Fox Sports South’s ACC football crew. He’s talented on the stick and really showed that he can step up and fill in as the color analyst.
  • Kyung Ho Kang could develop into quite a good fighter. He absolutely crushed Shunichi Shimizu everywhere the fight took place. He’s big for the weight class and will likely be around for a while as the UFC continues its Asian invasion.
  • Luiz Dutra tried to land those “Travis Browne” elbows. I say tried because he landed them to Kiichi Kunimoto’s brain stem. Those are definitely dangerous, but they’ve gotta be legal.
  • Shunichi Shimizu tried to game the system. I hate that.
  • Hyun Gyu Lim is one tough sonuvabitch. His leg was mangled and yet he pressed forward and took Saffiedine to a decision. What an amazing show of heart. That’s the kind of fighter the UFC loves to keep on its roster and I expect to see him on future cards. He will improve.
  • Not sure how I feel about watching fights at 6am. On one hand, it’s nice to way to start the day. On the other, waking up at 6am sucks.
For complete UFC Fight Night 34 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night’s action click here.

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UFC Singapore: Fight Club Q&A Replay with Cung Le, Dong Hyun Kim, and John Hathaway

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UFC Fight Night 34 Weigh-In Results: Tarec Saffiedine, Hyun Gyu Lim Cleared in Singapore

Tarec Saffiedine has waited for this moment for almost a year.
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UFC Fight Night 34 weigh in results, LIVE online video stream for ‘Saffiedine vs Lim’ in Singapore

UFC Fight Night 34 weigh ins will stream live online today (Jan. 3, 2013) from The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Watch the “Saffiedine vs. Lim” weigh-in event right here in the embedded video player below!

The official weigh-in event for UFC Fight Night 34: “Saffiedine vs. Lim” takes place today (Jan. 3, 2013) LIVE from the The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

As usual, MMAmania.com will provide both a live video stream and complete UFC Fight Night 34 weigh-in results below, as well as detailed recap of the festivities just as soon as they conclude. The first fighter is expected to tip the scale at 5 a.m. ET.

“Saffiedine vs. Lim” features a compelling Welterweight battle that pits former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine against South Korean fighting sensation Hyun Gyu Lim, while Japanese superstar Tatsuya Kawajiri makes his Octagon debut opposite Sean Soriano.

Complete UFC Fight Night 34 weigh-in results are as follows:

Main Event:

170 lbs.: Tarec Saffiedine (170) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (171)

UFC Digital Network Main Card (9 a.m. ET):

145 lbs.: Tatsuya Kawajiri (145) vs. Sean Soriano (145)
170 lbs.: Kiichi Kunimoto (171) vs. Luiz Dutra (171)
145 lbs.: Kyung Ho Kang (136) vs. Shunichi Shimizu (135)

UFC Digital Network Prelims (6:30 a.m. ET):

145 lbs.: Will Chope (146) vs. Max Holloway (146)
155 lbs.: Katsunori Kikuno (156) vs. Quinn Mulhern (155)
135 lbs.: Dave Galera (136) vs. Royston Wee (134)
155 lbs.: Tae Hyun Bang (156) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (155)
135 lbs.: Dustin Kimura (135) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (135)
135 lbs.: Russell Doane (135) vs. Leandro Issa (136)

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 34 card on Saturday morning (Jan. 4, 2013) right here, starting with the Prelims at 6:30 a.m. ET, right on through the digitally-streamed main card action on the Fight Pass network, which is slated to begin at 9 a.m. ET.

See you then!

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Latest UFC Fight Night 34 odds, online betting guide for ‘Saffiedine vs Lim’ in Singapore

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 34: “Saffiedine vs. Lim” mixed martial arts (MMA) event that is set to hit Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay, Singapore, this Saturday (Jan. 4, 2014 ), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more.

Wakey, wakey … kickies and punchies!

The dedicated mixed martial arts (MMA) fan will have to get up bright and early this Saturday (Jan. 4, 2014)because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will make its debut in Singapore, bringing with it a clash of Welterweight standouts to Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay, Singapore.

Final Strikeforce Welterweight champion, Tarec Saffiedine, will make his long-delayed Octagon debut, facing Korean prospect Hyun Gyu Lim. In addition, Pride FC veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri will finally enter the Octagon after almost 14 years in the sport, taking on Blackzillians standout Sean Soriano.

If you’re high on new international talent, this is the card for you. It’s also the card for you if you feel like making some dosh.

Follow me for the latest UFC Fight Night 34 betting odds / lines to see if we can make the “UFC Fight Pass”-streamed event pay for itself once the free trial is over, shall we?

UFC Fight Night 34 Odds For The Under Card:

Max Holloway (-215) vs. Will Chope (+170)
Katsunori Kikuno (-205) vs. Quinn Mulhern (+165)
David Galera (-185) vs. Royston Wee (+155)
Mairbek Taisumov (-290) vs. Tae Hyun Bang (+230)
Dustin Kimura (-270) vs. Jon delos Reyes (+210)
Leandro Issa (-135) vs. Russell Doane (+105)

Thoughts: We’re playing favorites today: Holloway and Kikuno.

Chope may be one of the few fighters at 145 pounds with a height and length advantage over Holloway, but he has no idea how to use it. He doesn’t have the wrestling to get Holloway down nor the striking defense to keep from getting lit up to the head and body. Finally, his strength of schedule has been — to put it kindly — garbage. Holloway at anything better than -250 is a bargain; hell, he’s pretty cheap on KM, too, so put him on your team there.

This will be a spanking.

Mulhern isn’t just making an additional 15-pound cut for the first time, he’s doing it out of desperation in an unfamiliar country. And he’s 6’3.”

All this against a guy notorious for punishing the body. This may be Kikuno’s UFC debut, but everything points to him breaking Mulhern early.

Bank on it.

UFC Fight Night 34 Odds For The Main Card:

Tarec Saffiedine (-210) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (+175)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (-185) vs. Sean Soriano (+160)
Luiz Dutra (-150) vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (+120)
Kyung Ho Kang (-270) vs. Shunichi Shimizu (+210)

Thoughts: Lim’s cardio is too suspect and Saffiedine had too much trouble with the brawling Tyler Stinson for me to bet on the main event. Let’s ignore that and focus on why the hell “The Crusher” is less than a 2-1 favorite against Soriano.

I get that Kawajiri is old and that his chin has deteriorated. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s one of the top wrestlers in the division, having dominated Josh Thomson on the ground with greater ease than Gilbert Melendez. He’s tremendously strong, only has to deal with a one-hour time difference, and isn’t taking this fight on short notice.

Hell, Soriano will only have one cornerman. I fail to see why Kawajiri is tied for third-smallest favorite on the card.

Bet appropriately.

UFC Fight Night 34 Best Bets:

  • Parlay — Max Holloway and Katsunori Kikuno: Bet $ 40 to make $ 47.60
  • Parlay — Max Holloway and Tatsuya Kawajiri: Bet $ 60 to make $ 75.60

It’s early in the morning, but who needs sleep when there’s violence to be watched?

See you Saturday, Maniacs, bright and early (6:30 a.m. ET!).

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC Fight Night 34: “Saffiedine vs. Lim” results on fight morning RIGHT HERE, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you’ve got riding on the sportsbook.

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UFC Fight Night 34 preview: Five Burning Questions heading into ‘Saffiedine vs Lim’ Singapore

Before every fight card, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans toggle between possible scenarios and what to expect days before it all unfolds in front of their eyes. Probable outcomes, distinguishable facts and head-scratching theories are all apart of the mystique that surrounds the fights on any given night. We ask ourselves the same questions … and try to come out with different answers.

This weekend will answer a lot of questions that we have with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) moving forward and whether or not it gets off to a bright start with its grand plans for world (expletive) domination.

UFC Fight Night 34: “Saffedine vs. Lim,” takes place this Saturday (Jan. 4, 2013) at Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay, Singapore, featuring a main event bout between the last man to raise the Strikeforce Welterweight belt, Tarec Saffiedine, against Hyun Gyu Lim.

The co-main event includes the much anticipated debut of Tatsuya Kawajiri, who has found success competing in his native land of Japan over the years. He meets another UFC debutant, undefeated 24-year old Sean Soriano.

This also marks the first event to be shown on UFC Fight Pass, the promotion’s new online digital network that is strictly available to North America, Australia and New Zealand, and the only place to legally watch this international event.

Here are “Five Burning Questions” heading into Singapore this weekend:

5. How will the first event of the UFC Digital Network era play out?

UFC “Fight Pass” is free (for a limited time), and coincidentally, the only place you can watch this event. Ratings may not matter since this is essentially an Internet-only affair; however, it also needs to be a successful one and reach a global audience. Not to mention, it is enduring it’s free trial period until March 1, 2014.

This is should not be viewed as a huge risk for UFC, but more so an achievement moving forward. At least, that is how the owners look at it.

It is not a bad set up, and there are enough hours of footage gathered over the years to keep fight fans entertained. The live event portion is the real question and if it will turn out to be a success.

With that being said, we know it has been said that the upcoming fight cards on the network may not suit everyone. Yet, should fans suit themselves when dedicated to a sport, or should the promotion take responsibility for ensuring their events are always easily accessible?

4. Will UFC Fight Night 34 have any sort of impact on North American fans?

This question is not even posed toward online piracy, but more so the eagerness to tune in on the wee hours of Saturday morning (6:30 a.m. ET) to watch several fights that contain relatively unknown names.

Yes, true fans will watch anything — we get it. But, will those same fans wake up for the “Prelims,” setting their alarm clocks on an assumed day off for most instead of watching the highlights on sites like this one or streaming them online later elsewhere?

They may just skip it altogether.

European fans will find it easier to tune in since it hits them in the afternoon and in Asia, there is no question it can be accessible to fans.

Even if the fight cards are not designed for American audiences, they may not reach them altogether — and if the quality of billing on the cards stay the same, the average North American fan won’t care either.

3. Can Tatsuya Kawajiri be a force in the UFC?

It has been a long time coming, and now another Japanese legend makes his Octagon debut.

Tatsuya Kawajiri has almost fought everywhere but the UFC in his nearly 14-year career, including Shooto, Pride FC, Dream, Strikeforce, One FC and even K-1. Still, the “Crusher” has only won one championship in his career, being the Shooto Welterweight title. He lost in the semi-finals of both the 2005 Pride Lightweight Grand Prix and the 2008 Dream Lightweight Grand Prix.

That does not mean Kawajiri is not seen as one of the best fighters to come out of Japan. He is currently on a five fight winning streak, coming off a win over Michihiro Omigawa at Dream 18 last year, and has only lost three times out of 13 fights in the past five years, finding difficulties with the upper echelon of lightweights including Gilbert Melendez, Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki.

Age and level of competition now play a factor with Kawajiri moving forward, and we have all seen how Japanese fighters can look vastly different when competing oversees. Although, he is on the right path at featherweight if he beats undefeated prospect in Sean Soriano.

2. Do we have another star in the making under our noses with Hyun Gyu Lim?

The only way we can know for sure is if he ends up victorious in Singapore on Saturday.

If he beats someone like a young and accomplished Tarec Saffiedine, there is no doubt that he is. Saffiedine is the biggest test thus far in Lim’s career, and it will not be easy for the South Korean star.

Lim was successful in his debut against Marcelo Guimares at UFC on Fuel TV 8, and then scored a sensational knockout over Pascal Krauss at UFC 164. He has not lost since 2009, and currently rides a seven-fight winning streak.

Stepping up to the plate after Jake Ellenberger had to withdraw from injury, Lim should respond well to the main event jitters, however the pressure is on for him to perform well and jump a few spots on the welterweight ladder.

He has looked good in the Octagon thus far, and if he dazzles this weekend, we may have another top Welterweight entering the fold sooner rather than later.

1. How will Tarec Saffiedine do in his long awaited first UFC fight?

The last reigning Strikeforce welterweight champion will make his long awaited Octagon debut on Saturday.

Matching Tarec Saffiedine up with Georges St. Pierre in a champion versus champion bout would have been more than just audacious given not only the welterweight picture in the UFC, but the deservingness and level of competition, too.

That does not mean “Sponge” has had it easy en route to a major championship, however his past wins include winning the belt from Nate Marquardt, then Roger Bowling, Scott Smith and Brock Larsen — all either gone from the UFC or on losing streaks.

Saffiedine was set to face Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 8 this past summer, but the latter suffered an injury. There was then rummages in September about a fight with Carlos Condit. That did not happen. Targeted for December, it looked like Saffiedine was set to meet the rising Matt Brown. That was not the case, and instead, Condit was matched up with Brown. It has been a long time coming.

Will this year-long layoff play into the 27-year old’s game on Saturday? Will it even matter? More importantly, can he impressively show that he is coming off a championship victory in his last contest?

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 34 card on Saturday morning (Jan. 4, 2013) right here, starting with the Prelims at 6:30 a.m. ET, right on through the digitally-streamed main card action on the Fight Pass network, which is slated to begin at 9 a.m. ET.

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Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim staredown pic for UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore

UFC Fight Night 34 headliner Tarec Saffiedine recently tweeted a photo of his staredown against Jan. 4 opponent Hyun Gyu Lim outside the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is just a couple of days away from its first mixed martial arts (MMA) event of the New Year when it stages UFC Fight Night 34: “Saffiedine vs. Lim,” which will emanate LIVE from Marina Bay Sands in Singapore this Saturday morning (Jan. 4, 2014) on the promotion’s new “Fight Pass” digital network.

Top welterweight contenders, Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim, will be tasked with leading the promotion’s southeast Asian invasion, battling to inch closer to the top of perhaps the most competitive division in the sport. “The Sponge” — the final Strikeforce 170-pound champion — is still eager to make his Octagon debut after several health-related setbacks.

“The Ace,” meanwhile, looks to build off consecutive knockout victories over Marcelo Guimaraes and Pascal Krauss.

MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 34 card on Saturday morning (Jan. 4, 2013) right here, starting with the Prelims at 6:30 a.m. ET, right on through the digitally-streamed main card action on the Fight Pass network, which is slated to begin at 9 a.m. ET.

To see the entire UFC Fight Night 34 fight card and line up click here.

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‘Crusher’ Kawajiri Paired with Sean Soriano at UFC Fight Night 34 in Singapore

Japanese featherweight Tatsuya Kawajiri now has a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 34, as UFC officials announced Thursday that Sean Soriano will replace an injured Hacran Dias against “Crusher” at the Jan. 4 event.
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