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Strikeforce Results: Tarec Saffiedine Edges Tyler Stinson By Split Decision

The first main card bout of the night at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine is Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler Stinson. This is a welterweight bout, meaning 170 pounds. This bout is airing on Strikeforce Extreme. The referee in charge of the action is Steve Mazzagatti.

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ROUND 1 - Stinson pressuring early against Saffiedine, but so far can't land anything major. Both fighters standing southpaw. Saffiedine changing stances early in the fight, but he is being stalked by Stinson. Saffiedine working the early inside leg kick. Right hook and partial head kick from Saffiedine finds the mark. Stinson catches Saffiedine with an elbow on the exit, but Saffiedine clinches again and trips Stinton to the mat. Stinton attempts the armbar, but can't get it. Saffiedine is bleeding badly over his right eye. Left hook from Stinson rattles Saffiedine, but he recovers. The two clinch.

MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Stinson.

ROUND 2 - Stinson stalking Saffiedine to open the round. Head kick by Saffiedine blocked. Inside leg kick from Saffiedine followed by a driving double leg takedown. Stinson working from full guard now, but Saffiedine not doing significant damage on top. Stinson bleeding now, although it's not entirely clear from where. Stinton has no answer for Saffiedine's top control.

MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Saffiedine.

ROUND 3 - Third round opens with an inadvertent groin shot. The bout is temporarily halted. The bout begins again. Huge double leg from Saffiedine puts Stinson on his back. Stinson postures for an armbar, but Saffiedine shucks it off. Stinson is being pressed into the fence and is getting controlled and beat on. Short elbows from wrist control by Saffiedine find the mark. Saffiedine and Stinson are both bleeding now. Referee Mazzagati stands them up. Stinson attacking with what little life he has left.

MMA Nation scores this round 10-9 Saffiedine and the fight 29-28 Saffiedine.

Official result: Tarec Saffiedine defeats Tyler Stinson by split decision (29-28 Stinson, 30-27 Saffiedine, 29-28 Saffiedine)

Strikeforce results:

Tarec Saffiedine defeats Tyler Stinson by split decision (29-28 Stinson, 30-27 Saffiedine, 29-28 Saffiedine)