Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos is set to make his 170-pound debut against ex-Strikeforce welterweight kingpin Tarec Saffiedine at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 111 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, set for June 17, 2017 inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
That’s according to a report from Channel News Asia.
Dos Anjos (25-9) is abandoning his post at 155 pounds after coming up short in back-to-back losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson, with the former costing the Brazilian his division crown.
And don’t expect him to keep cutting weight for chump change.
Saffiedine (16-6) — who struggled to stay healthy after crossing over from the ranks of Strikeforce — is also coming off a pair of recent losses inside the cage, getting outworked by Rick Story and Dong Hyun Kim to close out his 2016 fight campaign.
This might be a do-or-die situation for the Belgian brawler.
UFC Fight Night 111 will also feature a heavyweight showdown pitting former UFC 265-pound titleholder Andrei Arlovski against the venerable Marcin Tybura, while Takanori Gomi and Jon Tuck collide in lightweight action.
Stay tuned for more UFC “Singapore” announcements in the coming weeks.