Tarec Saffiedine defeats Tyler Stinson by Split Decision. The judges scored the fight 29-28 Stinson, 30-27 Saffiedine, 29-28 Saffiedine.
Stinson got off first landing a straight left landing flush to Saffiedine's chin. A Saffiedine leg kick was checked as was the kick to the head. Saffiedine was content playing the counter fighter role. Stinson walked through a front kick to the face. Stinson caught Saffiedine with an elbow which stumbled the welterweight contender. He chased and was put on his back. Tyler Stinson threw his legs up for an armbar. Left hook from Stinson stumbles Saffiedine. They threw punches as the round came to an end.
Stinson landed several kicks to open the round. He then attacked with a one-two-one combo. Saffiedine played the defensive role, constantly circling away from Stinson's power. Saffiedine drove forward with a takedown and put Tyler Stinson flat on his back. Saffiedine worked his ground and pound from within Stinson's guard. Stinson maintained control of Saffiedine's posture, minimizing damage. Stinson had no offense from the guard and as the round came to an end Saffiedine landed elbows.
Tyler Stinson was popped in the groin with a kick. When action continued they traded head kicks until Saffiedine hit a high double. Saffiedine landing elbows and punches from the guard. Stinson attempted an armbar but Saffiedine defended. Saffiedine stayed active on the ground throwing punches. Referee stood the fighters up with a minute left. Knee from Saffiedine lands. Stinson punching to close the round.
Tarec Saffiedine entered the fight 11-3 and 4-1 in Strikeforce. He previously defeated Scott Smith by a unanimous decision. Tyler Stinson entered the fight 22-7. It was his second fight in the promotion after a successful debut.