Round 1: Bowling comes out strong with punches as Saffiedine fires back with quick kicks. Bowling jumps in with a good body shot, and then another. Saffiedine grabs a Thai plum and unloads a knee right up the middle that catches Bowling flush as he lets out a gasp. Saffiedine nails Bowling with two more good knees from the clinch as Bowling rushes forward and pushes the action against the cage. Bowling looks to get the takedown, but Saffiedine stands him back up. Saffiedine cracks Bowling with a good leg kick as the round ends. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Saffiedine.
Round 2: Bowling scores with a solid leg kick to get things going before taking a poke to the eye that halts the action. They pick it back up, exchanging kicks. Saffiedine gets his jab going, but eats a couple hard shots from Bowling and a solid leg kick. Great one-two-kick combo by Saffiedine. They clinch up and Saffiedine presses Bowling to the fence. Bowling reverses and takes Saffiedine to the mat, going for a choke. Saffiedine escapes and gets up, pressing Bowling into the fence. They separate and Saffiedine lands a right punch-right kick combination. Bowling fires back with a hard right, but Saffiedine is the one putting more combinations together, while Bowling is landing a lot of one-off shots. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Saffiedine.
Round 3: Saffiedine opens with a couple low kicks, but Bowling fires back with heavy punches that rock Saffiedine. Saffiedine clinches, but Bowling presses him into the fence. Saffiedine reverses, but they quickly separate. Bowling throws a punch combo, but Saffiedine lands a sharp knee up the middle. Bowling is getting his jab going, but Saffiedine answers back with a knee to the chin, Bowling taking it and moves forward, although a bit slower than earlier in the fight. Saffiedine misses with a spinning back kick, but Bowling can’t get him to the mat. Saffiedine gets the Thai clinch, but can’t do anything with it. Bowling trying to get the takedown, but Saffiedine ties him up on the fence and starts landing knees to the legs and head. Saffiedine lands several right hand body shots on the break to Bowling’s one head shot. Bowling lands a few punches in the middle of the ring and then goes for a takedown. Saffiedine scrambles and takes Bowling’s back, softening him up with punches, searching for the choke. Saffiedine gets the choke, but can’t finish it before the final horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Saffiedine.
Tarec Saffiedine def. Roger Bowling by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), R3