Round 1:Saffiedine starts out strong, landing good inside leg kicks and putting together combinations. But against the cage as they separate, Stinson fires a straight elbow that blasts Saffiedine and rattled him. The fight hits the ground and Stinson almost grabs an armbar from the bottom as well. The remainder of the round has Saffiedine looking to avoid damage as Stinson chases him around the cage.
MMAWeekly scores R1 10-9 Tyler Stinson
Round 2: Saffiedine wasted no time getting Stinson to the ground this time and work his ground and pound. Grinding Stinson against the cage, Saffiedine continues his attack. Stinson can only play defense as he gets cut up from Saffiedine’s elbows. Strong second round for Saffiedine.
MMAWeekly scores R2 10-9 Tarec Saffiedine
Round 3: Saffiedine again takes Stinson down in round three as he looks to press the action against the cage. Saffiedine blasts away at Stinson’s head with some nasty elbows. Saffiedine stays busy to keep the fight right where it is and Stinson just can’t get off his back. Saffiedine postures up with just over a minute to go, but then jumps back down in the guard of Tyler Stinson. The referee opts to stand the fighters up with one minute to go. Stinson stalking forward but can’t land the fight ending shot.
MMAWeekly scores R3 10-9 Tarec Saffiedine
Tarec Saffiedine def. Tyler Stinson by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)