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Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Main Card | Welterweight · 170 lbs | MMA

Tarec Saffiedine defeats Scott Smith via 3 Round Decision

Mmaweekly large Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine
Mmaweekly large Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith

Round 3

Tarec Saffiedine Scott Smith

"Sponge" "Hands of Steel"

10-3-0   Pro Record At Fight   17-8-0
Climbed to 11-3   Record After Fight   Fell to 17-9
-350 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +270 (Moderate Underdog)
Be Belgium   Nationality   Us United States
Montreal, Québec   Fighting out of   Elk Grove, California
24 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, 3 days   Age at Fight   32 years, 2 months, 1 week, 2 days
170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs)
5'10" (178cm)   Height   6'0" (183cm)
70.5" (179cm)   Reach   70.0" (178cm)
Tristar Gym   Gym   Capital City Fighting Alliance
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson
  • Date: Saturday 07.30.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Scott Fischer
  • Venue: Sears Centre
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 6 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Gus Johnson
  • Smith Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Saffiedine Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
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Smith vs. Saffiedine Wiki Update Wiki

The opening Showtime-televised bout of Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson featured Tarec "Sponge" Saffiedine taking on Scott "Hands of Steel" Smith in a welterweight contest. Smith entered the affair 3-3 in his prior Strikeforce competition, while Saffiedine was 2-1 in the organization.

Smith came out and took the center of the cage to open the fight. Saffiedine landed a solid outside low kick and then another. A two punch combination from Saffiedine and then another low kick as he outstruck Smith in the early going. In the clinch Saffiedine looked for a thai clinch and delivered some knees to the body that were well-defended by Smith. Saffiedine landed a nice right hand as he separated from the clinch and then went back to his low kick attack. A right head kick launched by Saffiedine connected partially on Smith and a small cut appeared to open near Smith's left eye. A solid right from Saffiedine who by late in the round was thoroughly out-landing "Hands of Steel." A wheel kick late from Saffiedine and Smith was looking uncomfortable to end the round.

Smith landed a few low kicks early in the second yet was again put on the defensive with a Saffiedine high kick and then was pushed against the fence. A right hand from Saffiedine hurt and wobbled Smith as part of an offensive onslaught, and the situation began to look dire for the American. Smith ate punishment as he was backed up against the cage, eating a variety of strikes. Smith fell to the ground desperately working for a single leg takedown, unable bring a sprawling "Sponge" to the ground. Back standing and Saffiedine continued to unload violently, looking for a finish against a his slow-moving target. Smith survived to the end of the one-sided round.

Saffiedine continued pummeling Smith in the third round. Smith showcased his trademark heart and toughness yet little in the way of offensive output or defensive mobility. A left hand from Saffiedine landed on the chin and then a spinning back kick connected with his midsection. Smith stayed in the pocket throughout yet it was a dominant and completely one-sided performance for Saffiedine.

The judges scored the bout 30-26, 30-27, and 30-27 unanimously in favor of Tarec Saffiedine.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:41 PM ET
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Smith vs. Saffiedine Fighter Tweets

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@Gesias @danhendo I used to watch u fight bfre I even start fighting mma! The honor is fr me ;)
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I got so many tweet of support guys thank u!! Means a lot. Trying to answer to everyone.
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Great night of fights! Congratz to my mentor @danhendo @TeamQuest @ClinchGear @Strikeforce
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It was an honor to fight scott smith @HandsofSteel14 true warrior and toughest fighter I ever faced!
9 hours and 32 minutes
Thx everyone fr the support!!! THANK YOU!!!
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On my way to the venue.
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Made weight. Feeling gd. Food now!!!!
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On my way to the weigh in @Strikeforce
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