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Video: UFN 34 post-fight press conference, bonus winners

“Ultimate Fight Night 34″ took place Saturday from Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.  The event featured a main event between former Strikeforce combatant Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim.

Click here to watch the post-fight press conference in its entirety.

Mark Fischer, Managing Director of UFC Asia, presided over the UFC Singapore post-fight press conference and announced the night’s $50,000 bonuses:

Russell Doane won for Submission of the Night, while his fellow Hawaiian Max Holloway earned Knockout of the Night. Main eventers Saffiedine and Lim scored Fight of the Night honors for their five-round barnburner, which Saffiedine won by decision

Holloway and Doane attended the press conference alongside Royston Wee, Singapore’s first UFC fighter, and Japanese MMA legend Tatsuya Kawajiri, who both picked up wins in their UFC debuts. Lim arrived late, partially carried by his cornermen, while Saffiedine did not finish backstage medicals in time to attend.

Lim admitted that his corner considered throwing in the towel after the fourth round, as the repeated leg kicks left him unable to stand; but he felt that being in the main event was such a good opportunity that he could not quit. In fact, he went on to launch a last-minute flurry that nearly finished Saffiedine.

Doane announced that he plans to buy a dog with his bonus.

UFC Fight Night 34 results: Saffiedine wins war of attrition

Former Strikeforce and current UFC welterweight Tarec Saffiedine (Photo courtesy of Strikeforce)


UFC Fight Night 34 took place in the Far East but it felt like the Wild West.

The UFC’s first Singapore visit mixed big surprises with wild scraps on Saturday. The card’s ten fights ran the gamut – some lopsided, some back-and-forth, some outside the rules. Their common thread was this – fierce battles for victory as 2014 unfolds.

Chief among these was Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim’s main event clash. The two welterweights warred over five punishing rounds Saffiedine eventually won. It didn’t come easily – both men risked life and limb for elite status in their division.

Their headline encounter began with technical combat and ended with primal fighting spirit. Each fighter threw everything at the other, but it was Saffiedine’s methodical style which won in the end. Picking apart Lim over twenty five minutes, the two won Fight of the Night for their grueling bout.

“Sponge” picked apart Lim’s legs with brutal kicks. By the later rounds, “The Ace” could barely stand but never backed down. Ignoring near-crippling pain, he fought back tooth-and-nail until the final bell. Though only Saffiedine triumphed, each athlete undoubtedly earned new fans.

Kyung-Ho Kang launched the main card by dominating Shunichi Shimizu. Kang immediately grounded his foe, blitzing him with strikes and deep submission attempts. Such urgency hurt him, however, when “Mr. Perfect” hit Shimizu with two 12-6 elbows. The illegal strikes cost him a whopping two points.

This major scoring deficit couldn’t stop Kang’s overwhelming assault. Ignoring the judges, he mercilessly hammered Shimizu for three rounds. With barely a minute left, “Mr. Perfect” suffocated his foe with an arm-triangle choke.
Banned maneuvers also marred the subsequent welterweight clash between Luiz Dutra and Kiichi Kunimoto. In a shocking outcome, Dutra was disqualified after illegally elbowing the back of Kunimoto’s head. The Brazilian thus lost a fight he was arguably winning.

After this, Japanese MMA legend Tatsuya Kawajiri finally entered the UFC against featherweight prospect Sean Soriano. Soriano didn’t respect the veteran, bringing it to Kawajiri whenever possible. All the same, Kawajiri’s experience proved too much. “The Crusher” choked out the young lion in two rounds.

As a fight card, UFC Fight Night 34 pleased fans in both hemispheres. Though it marked the UFC’s first foray into Southeast Asia, it delivered a thrilling headliner topping an interesting undercard. The end result will likely mark another great 12 months of the world’s best MMA.

UFC Fight Night 34 results

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UFC Fight Night 34 prelims recap: Fun scraps before sunrise

UFC featherweight Max Holloway (Photo courtesy of MMASucka.com)


Talk about combat sports at the crack of dawn.

It was an early morning for U.S. fight fans as UFC Fight Night 34 aired live from Singapore. Though the difference between Asia and North America was literally night and day, it delivered entertaining prelim bouts regardless of time zone.

The UFC’s first event of 2014 opened with a bantamweight tilt between Leandro Issa and Russell Doane. The pair rang in the New Year with a hectic, back-and-forth bout.

Doane came prepared for Issa’s lauded ground-game with sprawl-and-brawl. All the same, Issa locked him into a late first round triangle hold and almost finished the fight. Doane roared back in round two, rocking “Brodinho” and then trapping him on the mat. Once there, he scored some poetic justice and choked out Issa with a triangle of his own.
Up next was another 135 lb. matchup between Jon Delos Reyes and Dustin Kimura. Almost immediately, Delos Reyes dropped Kimura with heavy punches. He could take “The Heat,” however, and regrouped with chain submissions. It made the difference – “The Diamond” submitted Delos Reyes with an armbar moments later.

After that, Mairbek Taisumov and Tae Hyun Bang made their UFC debuts in a lightweight bout. The result was a striking chess match, the duo trading blows in measured, technical exchanges. Taisumov slowly pulled ahead, peppering Bang’s body with kicks and takedowns as rounds wore on. That approach paid off, “Beckan” beating Bang via unanimous decision.
Singapore’s Royston Wee next defended his nation’s pride against fellow bantamweight Dave Galera. Coming prepared, he effortlessly tackled “The Scarecrow” and smothered him on the ground all three rounds. Galera couldn’t regain his feet despite an illegal, third round ground kick, and Wee eventually satisfied local fans with a unanimous decision victory.

Following this, lightweights Katsunori Kikuno and Quinn Mulhern entered the Octagon with a thud. Neither made splashes offensively, but Mulhern stood out for puzzling strategy. Repeatedly pulling guard, he gave Kikuno rounds without resistance. Unsurprisingly, it cost him a unanimous decision loss.

Featherweight Max Holloway closed the undercard by knocking out Will Chope in explosive fashion. The two started quietly, but before long “Blessed” discovered his killer instinct by pinning Chope against the cage in round two. Once there, Holloway battered him with punches for a memorable close to 2014’s first UFC prelims.

Out of Obscurity: The Week in Review (Oct. 21 – Oct. 28)

Every Friday, MMA DieHards will take a look – with video footage when possible – at the previous week’s action at small regional and international shows with a focus on UFC and Pride veterans, consensus-ranked fighters and up-and-coming prospects. Here’s what went down between Oct. 21 and Oct. 28:

Deep 50 Impact: 10th Anniversary Show (Tokyo; Oct. 24)
Returning to the promotion where he began his professional MMA career, Dream lightweight champion and No. 5-ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki (26-5) needed exactly one minute to secure a keylock for the submission win over former WBA World super flyweight boxing champion Yokthai Sithoar (0-1)…Dream veteran Katsunori Kikuno (14-3-2) successfully defended his Deep lightweight crown with a split decision victory over Pride veteran Nobuhiro Obiya (12-4-1)…Dream veteran Yuya Shirai (20-8) retained his Deep welterweight belt with a unanimous decision over Shigetoshi Iwase (10-13-3)…Dream veteran and No. 12-ranked bantamweight Masakazu Imanari (21-7-2) took home a majority decision over Dream veteran Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata (11-8-3)…Deep light heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (9-1) scored a first round TKO of Dream veteran Katsuyori Shibata (4-9-1) in a non-title contest…Pride and Dream veteran Ikuhisa Minowa (47-31-8) locked in an armbar to submit Chang Hee Kim (0-2) in the first round…WEC and Dream veteran Yoshiro Maeda (27-9-2) earned a majority decision over Dream veteran Takafumi Otsuka (10-7-1)…UFC and Pride veteran Ryo Chonan (18-11) scored a third round TKO of Jun Hee Moon (3-2)…Dream veteran Hidetaka Monma (17-9-4) needed just 67 seconds to secure an arm-triangle choke on Pride veteran Yoshihisa Yamamoto (14-23-1) for the submission win…UFC and Pride veteran Sanae Kikuta (29-7-3) scored a first round TKO, by way of corner stoppage, of Lee Sak Kim (0-1)…Hiroshi Nakamura (11-4-5) earned a unanimous nod over Tatsumitsu Wada (3-6-1).

Fussion Fighter 2 (Lima, Peru; Oct. 21)

Aspe (green trunks) vs. Fagundes

Daniel Aspe (12-4) punched Gilliard Alfredo Fagundes (11-5) into submission just 68 seconds into the fight.

Heroes Gate 2 (Prague, Czech Republic; Oct. 21)
Shamil Zavurov (12-1) scored a first round TKO of Jaroslav Poborsky (14-24)…Ivan Buchinger (14-2) submitted Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (6-4) in the second round via rear-naked choke.

Abu Dhabi Fighting Championship: Battle of the Champions 2 (Abu Dhabi; Oct. 22)
Shamil Abdurahimov (11-1) advanced to the finals of the ADFC open weight grand prix with a third round TKO of UFC and Pride veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (9-8)…In the other open weight grand prix semifinal match-up, 2009 world grappling champion Marcos Oliveira (5-2) earned a unanimous decision over UFC veteran Neil Wain (8-3). Oliveira and Abdurahimov will meet in the tournament’s final sometime in 2011.

C3 Fights: Slammin Jammin Weekend 6 (Newkirk, Okla.; Oct. 22)
WEC and Bellator veteran Eric Schambari (14-2) submitted John Bryant (3-3) via arm-triangle choke.

Combat Zone 35 (Salem, N.H.; Oct. 22)

Rd 3 of Benoit (white trunks) vs. Carlo-Clauss

John Benoit (11-2) locked in a guillotine choke in the third round to submit Don Carlo-Clauss (6-3).

Midwest Cage Championships 29: Champion vs. Champion (Des Moines, Iowa; Oct. 22)
T.J. O’Brien (16-3), who will make his UFC debut at UFC 123, submitted Josh Henry (5-2) by way of a first round rear-naked choke submission…Rick Tasler (7-0) remained undefeated, needing just 71 seconds to score a TKO of Oscar Martinez (0-1).

ProFC: Union Nation Cup 9 (Nalchik, Russia; Oct. 22)
Maratbek Kalabekov (12-3) locked in a guillotine choke to submit Bahtiyar Arzumanov (1-1) in the second round…Mukhamed Aushev (12-4) earned a unanimous nod over Ramazan Emeev (0-1).

Tuff-N-Uff (Las Vegas; Oct. 22)

Marzolla vs. Lowe

Nikki Rae Lowe (2-1 amateur) scored a TKO victory over Playboy model LaTasha Marzolla (2-1 amateur). The stoppage came just seconds into the fight when Marzolla dislocated her elbow.

Ultimate Cage Championships 4: County Carnage (Stockport, England; Oct. 22)
Ali Arish (7-0) maintained his spotless record with a first round rear-naked choke submission of Andrius Juska (0-6).

Caribbean Ultimate Fist Fighting: Inception (Cascade, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; Oct. 23)
Sam Alvey (13-2) earned a unanimous decision over Luke Taylor (3-3).

Elite Promotions/Fight Time Promotions: Fight Time 2 (Pompano Beach, Fla.; Oct. 23)

Monson (black trunks) vs. Fulton

UFC veteran and No. 25-ranked heavyweight Jeff Monson (38-11) locked in a first round armbar to submit UFC and IFL veteran Travis Fulton (199-47-10).

First Class Fight 5 (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Oct. 23)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima (7-0) kept his undefeated record intact with a unanimous decision victory over Pride veteran and No. 19-ranked middleweight Paulo Filho (20-2-1)…Alexandre Bezerra (8-1) secured a rear-naked choke in the first round to submit Luis Rogerio de Agostinho (2-3)…Shine Fights veteran Flavio Alvaro (28-8) scored a first round TKO of Samuel Quito (7-2).

Pancrase Fighting Championships: Challengers 2 (Marseille, France; Oct. 23)

Bouisson (white and black trunks) vs. Bertolo

Jerome Bouisson (7-0) preserved his unblemished record with a first round arm-triangle choke submission of Nicholas Bertolo (3-4).

Ring of Combat XXXII (Atlantic City, N.J.; Oct. 23)

Rd 2 of Holland (black trunks) vs. Couture

Munah Holland (1-0) earned a unanimous decision over Strikeforce veteran Kim Couture (3-4).

Rd 3 of Holland (black trunks) vs. Couture

Road FC 1: The Resurrection of Champions (Seoul, South Korea; Oct. 23)
Ui Cheol Nam (10-2-1) knocked Kota Okazawa (8-4-4) out…Woo Sung Yu (13-5) locked in a guillotine choke to submit Keigo Hirayama (10-9-5).

Turku Fight 2: Champions are Here (Turku, Finland; Oct. 23)
Tom Niinimaki (14-5-1) earned a unanimous decision over Dave Hill (9-1)…Jerry Kvarnstrom (8-1) locked in a first round armbar to submit Laimonas Stancikas (6-6).

Ultimate Challenge MMA: Unbelievable (London; Oct. 23)
TUF 9 alum Dean Amasinger (7-2) notched a unanimous decision over Jamaine Facey (6-5) to earn a shot at the promotion’s welterweight strap, currently held by John Maguire…In a UK-1 rules bout, UFC and Pride veteran Mark Weir (20-17-1 MMA) successfully defended his UK-1 middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Luke Sines.

Warrior-1 MMA 6: New Ground (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Oct. 23)
Strikeforce veteran and No. 11-ranked heavyweight Brett Rogers (11-2) took home a unanimous decision over Strikeforce veteran Ruben Villareal (18-19-3) in a fight that made Sherdog’s list of 10 October Tussles Worth Watching…Cesar Gracie disciple Roy Boughton (5-1) earned a unanimous decision over Strikeforce and Pride veteran Murilo “Ninja” Rua (20-11-1)…Roger Hollett (11-3) picked up a unanimous decision win over Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Mychal Clark (7-11)…Sean Pierson (10-4), set to make his UFC debut at UFC 124, scored a first round TKO of Ricky Goodall (6-4)…UFC and ShoXC veteran Douglas Evans (11-7) submitted Tristan Johnson (5-2) via rear-naked choke in the third round…Jeremy Hamilton (7-0) remained undefeated with a first round rear-naked choke submission of Chris Johnson (3-3).

Shooto: Gig Central 21 (Nagoya, Japan; Oct. 24)
Pride veteran Daisuke Sugie (10-7-1) earned a unanimous decision over Shin Kochiwa (7-2-2)…Seiji Akao (12-3) took home a unanimous decision over Shoki Omichi (1-2).

Aoki, Kikuno victorious at DEEP 50

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Out of Obscurity: Looking Ahead (Oct. 18 – Oct. 24)

Every Monday, MMA DieHards takes a look at the upcoming week’s schedule of small regional and international shows with a focus on UFC and Pride veterans as well as consensus-ranked fighters. Here’s what’s going down between Oct. 18 and Oct. 24:

Shinya Aoki (Photo Courtesy of Sherdog)

Spotlight Event: Deep 50 Impact: 10th Anniversary Show (Tokyo; Oct. 24)
Dream lightweight champion and No. 5-ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki (25-5) returns to the promotion where he began his professional MMA career to fight Muay Thai champion and former WBA World super flyweight boxing champion Yokthai Sithoar (0-0 MMA, 29-6-3 boxing)…Dream veteran Katsunori Kikuno (13-3-2) will put his lightweight title on the line against Nobuhiro Obiya (12-3-1)…Dream veteran Yuya Shirai (19-8) defends his welterweight crown against Shigetoshi Iwase (10-12-3)…Dream veteran and No. 12-ranked bantamweight Masakazu Imanari (20-7-2) meets Dream veteran Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata (11-7-3)…WEC and Dream veteran Yoshiro Maeda (26-9-2) is scheduled to fight Dream veteran Takafumi Otsuka (10-6-1)…UFC and Pride veteran Ryo Chonan (17-11) battles Jung Hwan Cha (7-5-1)…Pride and Dream veteran Ikuhisa Minowa (46-31-8) takes on Chang Hee Kim (0-1)…Pride veteran Yoshihisa Yamamoto (14-22-1) goes up against Dream veteran Hidetaka Monma (16-9-4)…Pride veteran Akira Shoji (14-16-5) locks horns with Katsuaki Furuki (0-0)…UFC and Pride veteran Sanae Kikuta (28-7-3) squares off with Lee Sak Kim (0-0).

CES: Cage of Horrors (Mashantucket, Conn.; Oct. 22)
Bellator veteran and NAAFS lightweight champion Daniel Straus (14-3) goes to war with Magno Almeida (7-1) for the CESMMA lightweight championship.

Tuff-N-Uff (Las Vegas; Oct. 22)
Playboy model LaTasha Marzolla (2-0 amateur) returns to action against Nikki Rae Lane…The event will air live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.

Elite Promotions/Fight Time Promotions: Fight Time 2 (Pompano Beach, Fla.; Oct. 23)
UFC veteran and No. 25-ranked heavyweight Jeff Monson (37-11) squares off with UFC and IFL veteran Travis Fulton (199-46-10).

Ring of Combat XXXII (Atlantic City, N.J.; Oct. 23)
Strikeforce veteran Kim Couture (3-3) is set to fight Munah Holland (0-0)…The event will air live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.

Rumble at Thunder Tower (Elgin, S.C.; Oct. 23)
Olympic silver medalist wrestler Sara McMann (2-0 amateur) is scheduled to compete.

Ultimate Challenge MMA: Unbelievable (London; Oct. 23)
TUF 9 alum Dean Amasinger (6-2) meets Jamaine Facey (6-4)…UFC and Pride veteran Mark Weir (20-17-1 MMA) squares off with Luke Sines in a UK-1 rules fight for the UK-1 middleweight title.

Warrior-1 MMA 6: New Ground (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Oct. 23)
Strikeforce veteran and No. 11-ranked heavyweight Brett Rogers (10-2) locks horns with Strikeforce vet Ruben Villareal (18-18-3) in a fight that made Sherdog’s list of 10 October Tussles Worth Watching…Strikeforce and Pride veteran Murilo “Ninja” Rua (20-10-1) is slated to face Roy Boughton (4-1).

Gladiator Challenge: Royal Flush (San Jacinto, Calif.; Oct. 24)
WEC veteran Manny Tapia (10-4-1) tangles with Sam Rodriquez (0-0)…TUF 5 alum Andy Wang (7-7-1), UFC veteran Wes Combs (16-4) and UFC veteran Aaron Brink (22-19) are also expected to compete at the event.

Other Events
Oct. 21
Extreme Fighting Championship Africa 5 (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Heroes Gate 2 (Prague, Czech Republic)

Oct. 22
Annihilation 29: Rumble at the Pass (Trinidad, Colo.)
Combat Zone 35: The Rock 6 (Salem, N.H.)
Ground & Pound 13 (Toledo, Ohio)
MCC 29: Champion vs. Champion (Des Moines, Iowa)
Ohio Valley Fight Series: Face Your Fears, Live Your Dreams (Tallmadge, Ohio)
Trench Warz 13: Vengeance (West Beach, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands)

Oct. 23
Bobish’s Ultimate Cage Battles: Raging Bull (Parma, Ohio)
Caribbean Ultimate Fist Fighting: Inception (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
Extreme Brawl: Ultimatum (Guildford, Surrey, England)
First Class Fight 5 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Gladiator Arena 2 (Pyrzyce, Poland)
Hardrock MMA 27: Rise of the Fantastic Four (Elizabethtown, Ky.)
Hot…Cold…Sweat: The Best of Both Worlds 7.2 (Charlotte, N.C.)
ICE 49 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Impact Fighting Championship: Inception (Bismarck, N.D.)
Iron Will Fighting Championship 4 (Indiana, Pa.)
IT Fight Series (Springfield, Ohio)
Road FC 1: The Resurrection of Champions (Seoul, South Korea)
Rocktober Fightfest (Wilmington, N.C.)
Rumble at Raxx 9: Rumble Out West (Port Allen, La.)
Spitfire Fighting Championship (Jackson, Mich.)
Top Combat Championship: No Where to Hide (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
XFO (Johnsburg, Ill.)

Oct. 24
Shooto: Gig Central 21 (Nagoya, Japan)

Dream.15 card close to being final with Aoki-Kawajiri headlining

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