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Strikeforce Fedor Vs. Henderson Results: Tarec Saffiedine Mauls Scott Smith

The first fight on the main card tonight at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson is Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith. This is a welterweight fight, meaning 170 pounds. This bout is scheduled for three, five-minute rounds. Both fighters enter this bout having most recently lost in their professional career.

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ROUND 1 - Saffiedine opens southpaw while Smith is orthodox. Smith already head hunting with right, but Saffiedine peppering Smith with outside leg kicks. Smith looking to double and triple up on his jab as he tries to get inside. Smith also doing all the stalking. The fighters clinch and Saffiedine is pressing Smith in the cage, alternating between Thai plum and 50/50 clinch. Beautiful two shots to the body followed by a right hand to the head from Saffiedine. Head kick from Saffiedine partially lands and Smith works for a takedown. Now they re-clinch with Saffiedine doing most of the work. Saffiedine lands a big right, but Smith tries to storm back with a right of his own. Saffiedine switches stances and lands an inside right and almost a spinning heel kick.

MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Saffiedine.

ROUND 2 - Saffiedine opens the round again going inside and out with leg kicks. Smith returns a more tepid version of his own. Fighters exchange leg kicks, neither landing cleanly. Body shots clearly hurt Smith and he almost doubles over. Flying knee from Saffiedine misses the mark. Now they clinch again and Saffiedine is mauling Smith with brutal elbows over the top. Now Saffiedine is doing the stalking, lands a hard right and left, head kick and Smith buckles. Smith attempts a shot and is able to work his way back to his feet. More left hands and right head kicks and Smith is getting mauled.

MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Saffiedine.

ROUND 3 - Double jab and outside right leg kick from Saffiedine. And again. More body shots and again Saffiedine is back to stalking. Saffiedine continuing to do whatever he wants, landing jabs, leg kicks, hooks to the body, everything. Saffiedine circles out as Smith charges in. Smith is bleeding, but tries a superman punch. It misses. Another head kick from Saffiedine closes the round.

MMA Nation scores this round 10-9  Saffiedine and the fight 30-27 Saffiedine.

Fedor vs. Henderson results: Tarec Saffiedine defeats Scott Smith via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)