UFC Fighter Tarec Saffiedine’s profile bio
Tarec Robert Saffedine made his successful UFC debut back in January of 2014, when the organization hosted an event at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Tarec were the main event against Hyun Gyu Lim and won the five round bout via decision by out striking Lim. Saffiedine became the first Belgium UFC fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). Prior his UFC career, Tarec Saffiedine was crowned as the Last Strikeforce Champion in 2013 when he defeated UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt who was the undefeated Strikeforce Welterweight champion at that time. Saffiedine was raised in Brussels by his Belgian mother and Lebanese father. Being influenced by his father who was a Taekwondo practitioner, Tarec began martial arts in his early youths. At the age of 16, he begun full time with Shihaishinkai Karate, which includes striking, throws and ground fighting. Saffiedine explored kickboxing and as a teenager he had 14 amateur kickboxing bouts, winning 12 of them. Brazilian Jiu Jutzu was the next step in Tarec’s career along side Muay Thai and wrestling and slowly Tarec developed a whole arsenal of weapons. At the age of 22, he immigrated to America and joined the famous Team Quest Gym in Temecula, California. Olympian Wrestler, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion and Pride Champion; Dan Henderson started to coach Saffiedine. He was crowned the last Strikeforce Welterweight Champion in January 2013. Currently Tarec is ranked no. 15 in the world in the UFC welterweight division and has fought Rory MacDonald, Jake Ellenberger, Rick Story, Dong Hyun Kim and former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.