UFC Fight Night 34 Results: ‘Saffiedine vs. Lim’ Play-by-Play & Updates

Jan 4, 2014


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Russell Doane vs. Leandro Issa

Round 1

Issa changes levels for a quick double-leg in the center of the cage but gets swept under by Doane, and both bantamweights scramble to their feet. Doane grazes with a pair of overhand rights and makes the grappler whiff with a counter, nearly sending Issa to the ground. Doane stuffs a single-leg attempt at first, but Issa completes the takedown with his second effort. Doane hits another sweep and goes straight to back-mount, first hunting for a rear-naked choke and then opting to soften up Issa with punches. Issa shucks the Hawaiian off, so Doane stands over him and kicks at Issa’s legs. Doane comes diving back down with a good right hand, but he dives straight into a triangle with more than a minute left on the clock. Doane tries to slam his way free, can’t get loose and “Brodinho” keeps squeezing the choke until the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Issa
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Issa
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Doane

Round 2

Doane comes in striking early, then opts to press Issa against the cage for a moment. Issa escapes and stays on the outside, out of Doane’s striking rage, but the Hawaiian steps in and drops Issa with a whipping overhand right. Issa regains his senses and keeps circling before he’s felled by another hard right up top. The next right sends Issa shooting for a takedown while Doane continues to smash away with more punches. Doane stuffs it and puts Issa in a mounted crucifix, then begins raining elbows down from the top with 45 seconds left in the round. Doane starts working on an armbar, leading Issa to roll over, and now it’s Doane working on a triangle attempt. One second before the horn, referee John Sharp steps in to wave it off, as the choke has put Issa out cold.

The Official Result

Russell Doane def. Leandro Issa via Technical Submission (Triangle Choke) R2 4:59

Dustin Kimura vs. Jon delos Reyes

Round 1

Reyes strikes first with some sharp right hands down the pipe, and Kimura hits the deck after a few shots find their mark. The Hawaiian gets back to his feet and pulls Reyes into his guard, then rolls underneath for a heel hook attempt. Reyes stuffs it and continues trying to knock Kimura’s head off with rough ground-and-pound. Kimura catches Reyes’ left arm and goes a kimura, then an armbar, but Reyes slips out of both to keep punching. Reyes comes down into Kimura’s guard and leaves his right arm dangling, and Kimura snaps it up immediately. Kimura goes belly-down and stretches out the armbar to force a tap from Reyes.

The Official Result

Dustin Kimura def. Jon delos Reyes via Submission (Armbar) R1 2:13

Tae Hyun Bang vs. Mairbek Taisumov

Round 1

The southpaw Bang comes out with a wide stance and a low guard, stalking forward on the more active Taisumov, who hops around the outside and flicks out a few leg kicks. Not much action through the first 90 seconds as both men feint and try to find the range; in fact, the only offense comes from the hard leg and body kicks of Taisumov. Midway through the round, Bang gets inside with a couple punches and looks to put Taisumov on the fence, but “Beckan” circles out. Taisumov clubs Bang with a nice left hook, catches a kick and hits him again. Bang leaps in with a knee but just misses and gets clipped with an overhand counter. Bang steps in and touches Taisumov with a left hand, but Taisumov strikes back with a one-two counter and then blasts Bang with a heavy right hook in the closing moments.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Taisumov
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Taisumov
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Taisumov

Round 2

Taisumov resumes his kicking attack, working the sides of Bang’s body before going down the middle with a push kick. Taisumov hits an easy single-leg in the center of the cage, but Bang is soon back on his feet. Taisumov sends a nice straight right down the center midway through the round, while Bang is still hesitating to let his hands fly. Bang sticks a couple jabs in Taisumov’s face and stuffs a single-leg attempt. Taisumov finishes the round with one more stiff kick to the body of Bang.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Taisumov
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Taisumov
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Taisumov

Round 3

Taisumov plows Bang to the ground in the middle of the cage with a power double-leg in the early moments of the final round. Bang scoots his way back to the fence and tries to work his way up, but Taisumov flattens him out from half-guard. After taking a couple shoulder shrugs to the face, Bang sits up against the fence and gets to his feet, where he’s held in the clinch until Taisumov whips him back to the canvas. Bang puts Taisumov in butterfly guard and shoves him away, standing with 90 seconds to go in the fight. Bang comes forward, looking to mount some offense in the final minute, only to be tossed over Taisumov’s hip and finish the fight on his back.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Taisumov (30-27 Taisumov)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Taisumov (30-27 Taisumov)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Taisumov (30-27 Taisumov)

The Official Result

Mairbek Taisumov def. Tae Hyun Bang via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00

David Galera vs. Royston Wee

Round 1

Galera comes out aggressive and runs straight into a takedown from Wee in the center of the cage. Wee works the body with punches and then shucks a triangle attempt from underneath. Galera takes an elbow to the face as he continues to grab for Wee’s arms. Galera uses a guillotine to sweep to the top but he’s shoved back to the canvas just as quickly, and Wee works from half-guard with more punches. The pace slows in the second half of the round, with Wee working to keep Galera grounded. Galera drives some hard elbows to the side of Wee’s head, but it’s Wee who opens up a cut on the outside of Galera’s right eye with an elbow strike. Galera digs into Wee’s body with some heel kicks and lands a couple more punches from his back before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wee
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Wee
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Wee

Round 2

Wee gets Galera back to the ground quickly and scoots him around the cage from open guard, landing sporadic punches to the body. Galera, by contrast, is very active off his back, hitting Wee with elbows and open-handed strikes to the sides of the head. After a couple attempts, Galera is able to scoop a leg and work back to his feet, but Wee holds him against the cage and takes him down again with a single-leg to finish the round on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Wee
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Wee
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Wee

Round 3

Galera clips Wee with a right hand, then grazes with a knee and catches Wee fixing his shorts. Just as Galera comes charging in to capitalize on the opening, Wee grabs hold and takes him back to the ground. After spending another minute on his back, Galera winds up and drills Wee in the face with a blatantly illegal upkick. Wee takes a minute to recover, and referee John Sharp restarts the fight with Wee on top after penalizing Galera one point for the foul. Galera gets to his feet, only to be dumped on his head by Wee with 90 seconds to go. Wee lays atop Galera and finishes the fight on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Wee (30-26 Wee)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-8 Wee (30-26 Wee)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Wee (30-26 Wee)

The Official Result

Royston Wee def. Dave Galera via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26) R3 5:00

Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern

Round 1

Kikuno stalks forward in his standard “hourglass” stance, trading short punches with Mulhern until the American wraps him up and pulls Kikuno down to his guard. When Mulhern gets hold of Kikuno’s arm, the karateka slips out and stands up, inviting his taller opponent to do the same. Kikuno shuts down one takedown attempt from Mulhern, then winds up on the ground on the second when Mulhern again pulls guard. Again, Kikuno invites Mulhern back up, now with 90 seconds on the clock. Mulhern sticks a quick combination in Kikuno’s face and lands a leg kick. Kikuno answers with a sharp kick to the body before being pulled into Mulhern’s guard one last time to end the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kikuno
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Kikuno
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kikuno

Round 2

Kikuno catches a kick and Mulhern goes to the ground again, but the Japanese product is quick to let Mulhern stand. Another guard-pull from Mulhern, and another stand-up from Kikuno, who flurries with a quick bunch of punches on Mulhern’s face before stuffing another shot and putting the Greg Jackson student on the ground. With just under two minutes remaining, the lightweights stand again. Kikuno catches Mulhern leaning and dings him with a right hand, then goes up top and rocks his head with a left. Mulhern shoots a single-leg and takes a shin to the face for his trouble as Kikuno stuffs the shot. Mulhern pulls rubber guard just before the round ends.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kikuno
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Kikuno
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kikuno

Round 3

Mulhern pulls guard in the first 30 seconds of the final round and winds up with Kikuno in his half-guard, dropping short, hard hammer fists. Kikuno moves to side control on the right and wraps up Mulhern’s head and left arm. Mulhern scrambles to his feet, eats a punch and shoots in again just as quickly. Kikuno winds up on top, flattening out Mulhern from half-guard and not doing much else, prompting a stand-up order from ref Steve Perceval. This time when Mulhern shoots, Kikuno stays standing and waves him back up. Kikuno lands a kick to the body, grabs a body lock and shoves the American against the cage. With 15 seconds left, Kikuno puts Mulhern on the ground to finish the fight on top.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kikuno (30-27 Kikuno)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Kikuno (30-27 Kikuno)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kikuno (30-27 Kikuno)

The Official Result

Katsunori Kikuno def. Quinn Mulhern via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) R3 5:00

Max Holloway vs. Will Chope

Round 1

Chope comes in to clinch and gets shoved against the fence by Holloway, who gets caught off balance and has to circle out after missing a spinning kick. Chope lands a kick to the body and taps Holloway’s chin with a long right hand. The featherweights feel the range, Chope looking to grab the Thai clinch but unable to hold Holloway there long enough to land knees. Holloway fires off a couple jabs, then hits Chope with a crisp one-two up the middle. Holloway follows with a spinning kick to the body, and now he’s stinging Chope with big right hands. Holloway counters Chope’s pawing jabs with a hard left hook counter, so Chope moves in to push Holloway against the cage. Holloway lands a knee to the body, circles out and swarms Chope with a barrage of punches and knees in the final 10 seconds of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Holloway
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Holloway
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Holloway

Round 2

Holloway attacks Chope’s legs with side kicks, then drills the 6-foot-4 featherweight with a right hand over the top. Chope shoots for a leg, wobbled from the shots, and Holloway shoves him off to land a spinning back kick to the liver. Chope is still swinging back, trying to take Holloway’s head off with huge, lunging uppercuts. Holloway just keeps his distance and then comes back in to continue his assault against the fence. Chope holds Holloway against the fence and works for a takedown which doesn’t come. Holloway slips out and unloads with a series of heavy hooks to the head which sends “The Kill” to the mat. Holloway keeps punching away until referee Leon Roberts steps in to rescue the fetal Chope.

The Official Result

Max Holloway def. Will Chope via TKO (Punches) R2 2:27

Kyung Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu

Round 1

Shimizu circles the outside while Kang sets up in the center, working the Japanese fighter’s legs with kicks early. Shimizu shoots and eats a knee, can’t get the takedown and instead tries for a heel hook. Kang snuffs out the leg lock and steps into full mount, then rolls to his back with a triangle cinched up. Shimizu defends the triangle, so Kang switches to an armbar. When that doesn’t work, “Mr. Perfect” moves back to full mount, then tries again to finish with the armbar. Kang falls to his back and has another go at the triangle choke, this time drilling Shimizu with elbows to the head as he tries to get the tap. Kang has a mounted triangle but throws two illegal 12-to-6 elbows, and referee Steve Perceval pauses the action. Shimizu is cleared to continue by the cageside physician, and Perceval penalizes Kang severely, taking two points for the foul. When they resume, Shimizu ties up for a takedown, but it’s Kang tripping the Zst fighter to the ground. The bantamweights trade leg kicks before Kang lands a front kick to Shimizu’s cup. Shimizu recovers and the round ends uneventfully.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 9-8 Shimizu
TJ De Santis scores the round 9-8 Shimizu
Chris Nelson scores the round 9-8 Shimizu

Round 2

Shimizu dives on a single-leg, switches to a double against the fence and absorbs some elbows to the side of the head. Shimizu pulls guard and eats more punches from Kang, who steps into full mount and flattens out the “Rolling Stone.” Kang unloads with some heavy elbows on top while Shimizu tries to wrap him up and close the space. With two minutes left in the round, Shimizu hits a sweep, but Kang works his way back up on the fence and takes Shimizu right back to the mat. Kang stays on top until the final 10 seconds, when he stands up and socks Shimizu with some good right hands.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kang
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Kang
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kang

Round 3

Shimizu hits a takedown but can’t hold Kang on the mat. Kang works back up on the fence and tosses Shimizu to the floor, then bangs up the Japanese fighter with huge left hands and elbows to the face. Shimizu is just riding it out with a bloody mouth and swollen left eye, while Kang continues to batter him through the middle of the round. To his credit, Shimizu is still shifting his hips and working to push off the cage, but he just can’t get out from underneath the heavier and stronger Kang. The bantamweights move off the fence and Kang cinches up an arm-triangle choke, then hops off to side control; Shimizu taps out instantly.

The Official Result

Kyung Ho Kang def. Shunichi Shimizu via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) R3 3:53

Luiz Dutra vs. Kiichi Kunimoto

Round 1

Kunimoto takes 30 seconds before closing the distance and pressing Dutra against the fence. Dutra denies the takedown attempt and gets underhooks to score with a knee up the middle. Kunimoto switches back to a single-leg, can’t get Dutra down, and the welterweights separate. Kunimoto sticks a jab in the Brazilian’s face and slaps low with an outside leg kick. Dutra misses with a spinning back kick but catches “Strasser” with a follow-up left hook. Kunimoto changes levels and holds Dutra against the fence, and Dutra unloads with four or five illegal elbows to the back of Kunimoto’s head. As they’re separated by ref John Sharp, Kunimoto falls to the ground. When the doctor asks if Kunimoto can continue, Kunimoto indicates that he cannot.

The Official Result

Kiichi Kunimoto def. Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. via DQ (Elbows to Back of Head) R1 2:57

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Sean Soriano

Round 1

Kawajiri tries to get inside but is held at bay by a nasty right hook from Soriano. Now it’s knees from Soriano as Kawajiri looks to shoot on his legs. Kawajiri finally grabs hold of the American but can’t keep him wrapped up, and Soriano delivers more knees as they separate. Kawajiri gets in after a Soriano leg kick and shoves him against the fence. About two minutes into the round, Kawajiri finally gets the takedown, but Soriano rolls him over and escapes to his feet. Kawajiri gets in close for a rear waistlock and pulls Soriano back to the canvas, now in back control. Kawajiri tries for a rear-naked choke but it’s not under Soriano’s chin, and the ATT fighter fends off the hands of the “Crusher.” Kawajiri has a body triangle now, rolling along with Soriano as he tries to escape. Soriano comes perilously close to being finished in the final 20 seconds as Kawajiri batters him with punches and referee Steve Perceval hovers nearby.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kawajiri
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Kawajiri
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kawajiri

Round 2

Soriano looks for a knee in the Thai clinch and nearly gets taken down. He denies the trip at first, but Kawajiri gets it on the second effort. Straight to back mount goes Kawajiri, and he sinks in a deep rear-naked choke this time. Soriano taps out, but referee Steve Perceval somehow misses it and allows Soriano to go unconscious before ending the fight.

The Official Result

Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Sean Soriano via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2 0:50

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim

Round 1

Saffiedine takes to the outside, switching between orthodox and southpaw stance as he keeps Lim at range with leg kicks. Lim takes a minute before closing the gap and attempting a knee up the middle. Another hard leg kick outside lands for Saffiedine, and Lim tries to catch this one but cannot. Lim misses with a step-in knee but grazes with a hard right hand counter and knocks Saffiedine to the ground. Saffiedine hops back up and resumes leg-kicking while Lim slowly walks him down. Lim stuns Saffiedine with a hard right hand and follows up with a knee. Saffiedine hits the deck, possibly on a slip, but he stands up quickly. Saffiedine circles out and paws at Lim with a double jab. Lim gets caught stepping inside at the end of the round with a right hand from Saffiedine on the end of the combo.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Lim
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lim
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Lim

Round 2

Lots of misses and feints in the opening minute until Lim comes charging in and gets clipped by a right hand. Saffiedine follows up with another overhand right, and Lim looks to be stung. Lim looks to have recovered but is backing up now, allowing Saffiedine to press ahead and score over the top with more right hands. Saffiedine continues to chop away with nasty leg kicks outside. Lim takes a glance either at his corner or the clock, and Saffiedine makes him pay with a right up top. Saffiedine doubles up his jab in Lim’s face and slips out before the counter. Saffiedine swipes Lim’s face with another overhand right, and Lim waves him forward. It’s Saffiedine on his back foot though, and Lim is forced to give chase as the “Sponge” continues to score with leg kicks. Saffiedine lands a left hook and easily dips out of the way of a wild spinning back fist from Lim.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Saffiedine
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Saffiedine
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Saffiedine

Round 3

Lim gets caught off balance when a right hand from Saffiedine knocks him to the mat. He pops back up, but Saffiedine decks him again and then hits a takedown near the fence. Lim falls back for a heel hook, easily escaped by Saffiedine, who catches Lim turtling and tries to jump on the Korean’s back. Lim flips him over the top and the welterweights reset on their feet. Saffiedine lands two more kicks to the outside of Lim’s left thigh, and Lim hits the ground as his leg buckles. Standing over his prone opponent, Saffiedine chops away with a few more kicks before coming down to Lim’s half-guard. Saffiedine grinds from there for 90 seconds before referee Leon Roberts stands them up. Another leg kick nearly sends Lim to the ground; the next one drops him, and Saffiedine walks away celebrating prematurely, only to have to come back and finish the final 10 seconds of the round.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Saffiedine
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Saffiedine
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Saffiedine

Round 4

Lim comes out windmilling but it’s not long before his legs fail him, even before Saffiedine lands a kick. Now the kicks are coming from Saffiedine, and Lim goes down again. Lim struggles back to his feet and manages to send a knee up the middle. He’s lifting his left leg at the slightest hint of a kick from Saffiedine, so Saffiedine changes to the other side. Now a knee to the guts has Lim propping himself up against the fence, and Saffiedine flies in to drop him with a knee. Saffiedine follows Lim to the ground and nearly catches Lim in a no-hooks rear-naked choke. Lim puts his back to the canvas, so Saffiedine moves to full mount and frames up an arm-triangle choke. Lim defends and goes to his knees, where Saffiedine socks him with more punches from side control. They finish the round on the ground, and Lim struggles to his stool for the interval.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-8 Saffiedine
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Saffiedine
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Saffiedine

Round 5

Lim screams at Saffiedine as they meet in the center of the cage, switching stances to try and defend his lead leg. Saffiedine chops at it anyway, but Lim doesn’t go down this time, instead standing right in front of Saffiedine and unloading with power punches. Lim scores with uppercuts in close quarters but his roll is slowed as Saffiedine hits him with another leg kick. Saffiedine lands a jab and circles out to steal a glance at the clock, still with the better part of three minutes to go in the fight. Lim goes down again but refuses to stay there, getting back up to eat a right high kick on the cheek. Lim screams at Saffiedine again and walks forward, but the Korean fighter’s legs are so banged up that he can’t really close the distance. Lim lands a left, eats a right and drills Saffiedine with a knee to the body. A right hand behind the ear stumbles Saffiedine, then another knee to the body and Lim is trying to finish this in the final 10 seconds. Lim’s legs are too rubbery and he can’t find Saffiedine with accurate strikes before the horn.

Sherdog Scores

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Lim (48-46 Saffiedine)
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Lim (48-47 Saffiedine)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Lim (48-46 Saffiedine)

The Official Result

Tarec Saffiedine def. Hyun Gyu Lim via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) R5 5:00

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