According to a Jan. 4 report from MMA Junkie, UFC Fight Night 34, which featured a headlining bout between former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim, plus the debuts of Tatsuya Kawajiri and Sean Soriano, has been completed from Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore.
In the opening fight of the night, Russell Doane defeated Leandro Issa with a gorgeous triangle choke in the second round.
The official stoppage came at the 4:59 mark of the second frame.
Later on the UFC Fight Night 34 preliminary card, Dustin Kimura stopped Jon Delos Reyes with a crisp, high-level armbar at the 2:13 mark of the first round.
Also on the UFC Fight Night 34 prelims, Mairbek Taisumov dominated Tae Hyun Bang for three rounds, earning a unanimous decision victory.
Wrapping up the preliminary portion of the evening, Royston Wee defeated David Galera via unanimous decision.
“I’m tired, and I’m just glad I was able to bring a win to Singapore,” Wee said. “I have a pretty tough chin so far. … I got rocked (by the kick), but I was never knocked out.”
The UFC Fight Night 34 main card opened with an action-packed bout between Katsunori Kikuno and Quinn Mulhern.
Kikuno earned the victory via unanimous decision.
Later in the evening, Max Holloway swarmed and battered Will Chope, en route to a second-round knockout.
The finish came at the 2:27 mark of the second frame.
Following the Holloway vs Chope bout, Kyung Ho Kang defeated Shunichi Shimizu via arm-triangle choke at the 3:53 mark of the third round.
Kiichi Kunimoto also defeasted Luiz Dutra via disqualification, as the latter threw a series of illegal elbows in the first round.
The official stoppage came at the 2:57 mark of the opening round.
In the UFC Fight Night 34 co-main, Tatsuya Kawajiri finished Sean Soriano via rear-naked choke at the 50-second mark of the second frame.
Finally, UFC Fight Night 34 headliners Saffiedine and Lim stepped into the cage to wrap up the evening.
Saffiedine was slated to fight Jake Ellenberger, but Lim got the call when "The Juggernaut" went down with an injury.
“Obviously, I was really excited to fight Jake,” Saffiedine said. “Jake is a big name, and I think it would have been a great fight."
Saffiedine was constantly switching his stance and scoring with low kicks, but Lim had a lot of success with his trademark step in knees.
Lim dropped Saffiedine early in the opening frame, but he recovered quickly and stole the opening round with crisp leg kicks.
Saffiedine landed some big shots in the second, and Lim quickly found himself on shaky knees. Saffiedine started to pick apart Lim with leg kicks in the third frame, and he started to smell the finish.
Saffiedine seemingly could have finished the fight in the fourth frame, but Lim showed heart by making it into the fifth. By the time Round Five started, Lim was basically fighting on just one leg.
Here's a look at the full UFC Fight Night 34 results:
- Kyung Ho Kang def. Shunichi Shimizu via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:53
- Tarec Saffiedine def. Hyun Gyu Lim via unanimous decision -- (49-46, 48-47x2)
- Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Sean Soriano via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:50
- Kiichi Kunimoto def. Luiz Dutra via disqualification (illegal elbows) – Round 1, 2:57
- Max Holloway def. Will Chope via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:27
- Katsunori Kikuno def. Quinn Mulhern via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Royston Wee def. David Galera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
- Mairbek Taisumov def. Tae Hyun Bang via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Dustin Kimura def. Jon Delos Reyes via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:13
- Russell Doane def Leandro Issa via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:59