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"Sponge"

15-3-0

Tarec Saffiedine

Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine

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  • Given Name: Tarec Robert Saffiedine
  • Professional MMA Record: 15-3-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Sponge
  • Current Streak: 5 Wins
  • Age: 28 | Date of Birth: 1986.09.06
  • Last Fight: January 04, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Blackzilians
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 70.5" (179cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $171,000 USD
  • Born: Brussels, Belgium
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Temecula, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook

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Belgian born Tarec 'Sponge' Saffiedine is a well rounded welterweight currently contracted to the UFC. Before he signed with the California based promotion, he had fought for Shooto and Dream as well. He is of Lebanese decent. He has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a black belt in Shihaishinkai Karate. He currently trains at Team Quest in Temecula, California. He also has an amateur kickboxing record of 12-1-1.


He won his Strikeforce debut against James Terry by decision. He would win his next two fights against Nate Moore and Brock Larson, defeating both with relative ease. He next stepped up against the then undefeated Tyron Woodley at 'Strikeforce: Challengers 13'. This fight taught a lesson to Saffiedine, as 'T-Wood' would out wrestle him en route to a decision victory. All of his losses up to this point have been via decision.

Tarec has not lost since losing to Woodley, having won three straight fights by decision. In his current run, he took out Scott Smith, Tyler Stinson, and Roger Bowling. He next fought Nate Marquardt for the Strikeforce Welterweight title at the promotion's last event. Marquardt's most recent victory had been over Tyrone Woodley, Saffiedine's last loss. Tarec was able to control the entire fight and repeatedly peppered Nate with let kicks to the point where his leg was visibly swollen and discolored by the end of the fight. Tarec was able to win the fight by decision to become the final Strikeforce Welterweight champion and likely secured himself a spot on the UFC roster.


Saffiedine was set to make his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 8 but would have to withdraw from the bout with an injury. Instead he would make his UFC debut as the main event of UFC Fight Night 34 against Hyun Gyu Lim. He would win his UFC debut by Unanimous Decision as well as taking home the Fight of the Night bonus.

Last updated 04.18.2014, 9:08 AM ET
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Tarec Saffiedine Welterweight Ranking History

Tarec Saffiedine MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Rory MacDonald

UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.10.04
Cancelled Bout Jake Ellenberger UFC 172 2014.04.26
Reason: Saffiedine Cervical Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Hyun Gyu Lim
14-3-0 12-3-1

UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine vs. Lim
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.01.04
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Leon Roberts
#4 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 34 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Jake Ellenberger UFC UFN 34 2014.01.04
Reason: Ellenberger Hamstring Injury
Cancelled Bout Robbie Lawler UFC on FOX 8 2013.07.27
Reason: Saffiedine Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Nate Marquardt
13-3-0 32-10-2

Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2013.01.12
Odds: +300 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $39,000 ($19,500 Base, $19,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#32 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Roger Bowling
12-3-0 11-2-0

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.08.18
Odds: -305 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $35,000 ($17,500 Base, $17,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tyler Stinson
11-3-0 23-7-0

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.01.07
Odds: -410 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $31,000 ($16K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Scott Smith
10-3-0 17-8-0

Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.07.30
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Scott Fischer
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tyron Woodley
10-2-0 7-0-0

Strikeforce Challengers 13: Woodley vs. Saffiedine
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.01.07
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 170.2 lbs | Referee: Greg Franklin
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Brock Larson
9-2-0 32-4-0

Shark Fights 13
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.09.11
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 169.75 lbs | Referee: Kerry Hatley
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:21 Round 2 of 3, 6:21 Total

Nate Moore
8-2-0 7-1-0

Strikeforce Challengers 8: Lindland vs Casey
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.05.22
Odds: -177 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs | Referee: Dave Hagen
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

James Terry
7-2-0 7-1-0

Strikeforce Challengers 6: Kaufman vs Hashi
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.02.26
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs | Referee: Jason McCoy
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dong Sik Yoon
7-1-0 4-7-0

Dream 12: Cage of the Rising Sun
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg

2009.10.25
Weigh-In: 182.6 lbs | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Seichi Ikemoto
6-1-0 18-15-5

Dream 10: Welterweight GP 2009 Final Round
Main Card | Tournament Alternate | 76 kg

2009.07.20
Odds: -123 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 166.8 lbs | Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
Win | Submission | Armlock

Mike Arellano

War Gods

2009.05.30
Win | Submission | Choke

Scott Rose

Long Beach Fight Night

2009.04.19
Win | Submission | Armlock

Rich Bondoc

UCW 12

2008.06.27
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Raymond Jarman

Shooto Europe

2007.12.15
Win | Submission | Armlock

Sebastian Grandin

XG 3

2007.06.09
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Kamil Uygun

NOTG

2007.04.21
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Guillaume Janvier

Shooto Europe

2007.03.31

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