Tarec Saffiedine gets Dong Hyun Kim as new opponent for UFC 207

Tarec Saffiedine will now be facing Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 207, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review Journal. 

The #13 ranked welterweight was originally supposed to face Matt Brown on the card but Brown was rescheduled to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 206. Kim was also booked for a bout that fell apart against Gunnar Nelson, who was forced out of their UFC Fight Night 99 headliner with an injury.

Saffiedine (16-5) is coming off of a decision loss to Rick Story at UFC Fight Night 88. Since vacating his Strikeforce belt to enter the UFC, he has gone 2-2 with the wins being decisions over Hyun Gyu Lim and Jake Ellenberger.

Kim (21-3-1, 1 NC) last fought at UFC Fight Night 79 in what was the UFC’s first event in his home country of South Korea. He faced Dominic Waters and won via first-round TKO, making him 6-1 in his last seven outings. Prior to that, he submitted Josh Burkman with an arm-triangle in the third round of their bout at UFC 187 getting himself back into the win column after a loss to Tyron Woodley.

UFC 207 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be headlined by the return of Ronda Rousey against current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. The co-main event will feature another title fight between 135-lb champion Dominick Cruz against Team Alpha Male’s Cody Garbrandt.


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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