Tarec Saffiedine opened the televised portion of the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card by completely dominating Scott Smith for 15 minutes. The comeback kid Scott Smith had no comeback in his bag of tricks tonight and following the loss he’ll likely be taking his hands of steel elsewhere.
If I told you the compustrike line would be 67 to 14 power shots landed and 137 to 24 overall strikes landed, you’d likely tell me those would be Smith’s. Well those compustrike numbers did happen but it was Saffiedine who came out on top with the striking.
Saffiedine switched stances often to confuse Smith early in the fight, which allowed him to pick apart Smith. Saffiedine also used great combinations, mixing in punches and kicks to both the legs and head. By the end of the first round Smith was on shaky legs and in the second round Saffiedine began landing the power shots. Smith was rocked multiple times in the round and dropped twice, but Saffiedine was unable to put him away in what one judge scored as a 10-8. Entering the final round it was clear Smith had nothing left, while Saffiedine looked as if he could go another three rounds.
The judges scored the fight (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) for the 24-year-old Tarec Saffiedine, improving his record to 11-3. Smith has now lost three in a row and four of the last fight, dropping to 17-9 with 1 no contest.
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With the win Saffiedine has thrown his name into the hat for a shot at the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. Having just come off a loss to Tyron Woodley who is at the top of the list for a shot at the title, Saffiedine might need one more quality win before he gets a title shot.
Smith is 0-2 since dropping down to welterweight and with his three defeats in a row he’ll probably be fighting elsewhere for his next fight. Smith is a very exciting fighter but puts himself in danger to be exciting, fans love him for this but it has just not been paying off for him.
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