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UFN 34: Hyun Gyu Lim steps in to headline against Tarec Saffiedine, Luiz Dutra Jr. tapped to face Kunimoto

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Korean star Hyun Gyu Lim has stepped up to headline UFN 34 in Singapore against strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine. Taking Lim's slot against Kunimoto is Luiz Dutra Jr.

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Well, there goes my hope for having Ben Askren step in to headline UFC: Singapore.

Following Jake Ellenberger's injury, it was Hyun Gyu Lim who has been tapped to step up and headline the UFC Fight Night 34 card against Tarec Saffiedine. The Korean is 2-0 with the promotion so far, and was originally scheduled to face Kiichi Kunimoto on the same card so he will still have a full fight camp for the bout.

Lim has won both his UFC bouts with impressive knockouts, and while this will be a huge opportunity for him, it will also be a giant step up in competition from facing prelim-level fighters to headlining against a Strikeforce champion. Either way, it's a good match up stylistically, and it should provide a lot of entertaining striking exchanges.

According to a report from Brazil-based MMA site MMA informativo, stepping in to fill Lim's void on the undercard is Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. Holding an 11-2 record, Dutra was part of TUF Brazil 2 and will officially be making his UFC debut as he steps up on about 5 weeks notice against a fellow newcomer in Kunimoto.

Check out the current line up below:

UFC Fight Night 34: Singapore
January 4, 2013

Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Hacran Dias vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr.
Kyung Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
Dustin Kimura vs. Jon Delos Reyes
Will Chope vs. Max Holloway
Dave Galera vs. Royston Wee
Leandro Issa vs. TBA