As is the way, that all good things must start somewhere, so too it is the case for the UFC’s 2014 calendar and this year, it begins in Singapore.
On Saturday night, the senior circuit kicks off its 2014 campaign with a trip to the “Lion City”, and a card headed by Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim.
The former will not only be making his UFC debut and seeking his first win in the promotion, but also looking to solidify his newly assigned top-fifteen welterweight ranking; Saffiedine was just ranked at number ten, this past week.
In front of him will stand a tough South Korean opponent in the way of Hyun Gyu Lim. “The Ace” is in his sophomore year, 2 & 0 in the promotion and on a seven fight (professional) winning streak, with all of those wins coming by stoppage in the first or second rounds; six in the first, one in the second. In a short, he’s hot and on a roll, and he should be well motivated to steal “Sponge’s” thunder, by culling a victory.
Going into the match, Lim knows that a win immediately vaults him from relative obscurity and un-ranked status, into Saffiedine’s number ten spot. As such, he would become one of the voices to be heard in the division’s argument over who will replace former champion Georges St. Pierre as welterweight champion. In a nutshell, a win puts him in front of the fans and the management, and bestows upon him top-ten credibility.
However and ahead of the matches, all twenty fighters on the card must do that which fighters get paid for, and that’s making weight. As such, the weigh-ins’ are set to take place at the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, today, January 3rd, at 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT.
The main and preliminary cards, four and six fights respectively, and the weights of the fighters are as follows:
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass/9 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. ET on cable)
Tarec Saffiedine (170) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (171)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (145) vs. Sean Soriano (145)
Luiz Dutra (171) vs. Kiichi Kunimoto (171)
Kyung Ho Kang (136) vs. Shunichi Shimizu (135)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 a.m. ET)
Will Chope (146) vs. Max Holloway (146)
Katsunori Kikuno (156) vs. Quinn Mulhern (155)
David Galera (136) vs. Royston Wee (134)
Tae Hyun Bang (156) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Dustin Kimura (135) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (135)
Russell Doane (135) vs. Leandro Issa (136)