Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tonight announced the early line up for its first mixed martial arts (MMA) event of the New Year when it stages UFC Fight Night 34: "Ellenberger vs. Saffiedine," which will emanate live from Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Sat., Jan. 4, 2014.
Top Welterweight contenders, Jake Ellenberger and Tarec Saffiedine, will be tasked with leading the promotion's southeast Asian invasion, battling to inch closer to the top of perhaps the most competitive division in the sport. Ellenberger will look to rebound from a listless unanimous decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 8, while Saffiedine -- the final Strikeforce 170-pound champion -- is still eager to make his Octagon debut after several health-related setbacks.
Long-time Japanese star fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri, riding a five-fight win streak, is also teed up for his first-ever UFC match, taking on Hacran Dias in a Featherweight showdown. In addition, Kiichi Kunimoto is booked to battle Hyun Gyu Lim in a 170-pound contest and Shunichi Shimizu will collide with Kyung Ho Kang in a Bantamweight bout.
That's just the start of a work in progress as the organization has promised to announce the rest of the international fight card "in the coming weeks."
Let's have a look at the official UFC Fight Night 34: "Ellenberger vs. Saffiedine" event poster while we wait:
Pretty Plain Jane, certainly not the dramatic flavor that worked so well overseas for Pride FC, DREAM and others.
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