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UFC Fight Night: Saffiedine And Lim Get Ready To Rumble

Posted by on 2/5/2014 4:44:16 AM

In a highly intriguing UFC Fight Night 34 centerpiece, Tarec Saffiedine will need to guard against rust accumulated during an extended period of inactivity.

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim – Saturday, January 4

Sport betting line: Saffiedine -215, Lim +178

Why Saffiedine Will Win

When people in the legal online sports betting realm tackle this latest UFC extravaganza, they will find it hard to bet against Saffiedine. He was originally slated to face Jake Ellenberger, but Ellenberger had to withdraw with an injury. Lim was already slated to perform at UFC Fight Night 34 and became a fill-in choice.

Many in the UFC community feel that even though Saffiedine has been fighting under the banner of mixed martial arts (MMA) and not the UFC over the past eight years, he’s ready for this moment. Saffiedine had to withdraw from a planned UFC bout with Robbie Lawler, but he’s now healthy enough to take on the challenge of competing in the UFC realm. Instructively, if Saffiedine wants to face Lawler in the near future – in what would be a highly anticipated and intense confrontation – he has to win this bout first. This is something of a stepping-stone bout for Saffiedine, and that’s the kind of reality which keeps an athlete focused. It’s not as though Saffiedine is at the top of his sport. He’s trying to make the climb up the mountain and get to the summit. He should be focused, humble and hungry. He knows that this is a springboard to bigger and better things; he’s not likely to be overconfident. If Saffiedine performs at his very best, Lim will have no chance in this high-combat event.

Why Lim Will Win

Anyone, not just sports bettors or football betting junkies looking for a pre-Super Bowl fix, should keep this in mind about the ultimate fighting: The landscape changes quickly. What Saffiedine has done to other opponents in MMA action. Saffiedine won at the Strikeforce event in January of 2013 by upsetting Nate Marquardt. Lim, who – as mentioned above – is a fill-in fighter and not the originally-chosen opponent for Saffiedine, is playing with house money here. He’s not expected to win, but that can make him dangerous. Moreover, Lim’s style is aggressive and has the very components that can create a swift, decisive upset. Lim is a knockout-oriented fighter. He’s on a seven-fight winning streak and has won all of those bouts by finishing the fight before a judges’ decision. Lim has nine knockouts in his career, so he is built for the quick finish and the devastating blow. Saffiedine is considered the better grappler and a fighter who knows how to out-point opponents and win on the judges’ scorecards. Lim, though, can deliver the big shot to end a fight instantly. With the fight being in Singapore – on his own continent – Lim should also feel that he’s fighting in relatively friendly territory. That should calm his nerves to an extent.

Who Will Win

It’s true that Lim has nothing to lose, but Saffiedine is the more complete fighter with more savvy in the heat of competition. He won’t win this fight easily, but he will indeed win it.

UFC Betting Pick: Saffiedine by judges’ decision

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