MMA in 2013 is officially over, and 2014 will look to start off with a bang. This Saturday, at 9/6 AM ET/PT, the UFC’s first event of 2014 will take place in Singapore. UFC Fight Night 34 is headlined by the former StrikeForce Welterweight champion, Tarec Saffiedine, taking on rising prospect, Hyun Gyu Lim. Today, I give you five reasons to watch the event on Saturday morning.
1. Tarec Saffiedine vs Hyun Gyu Lim
Saturday’s main event is absolutely stellar. Saffiedine will finally be making his UFC debut after a long layoff. His last fight was his dominant victory over Nate Marquardt at StrikeForce’s final show back in January 2013. His opponent, Hyun Gyu Lim, has won 7 straight, including two KO finishes inside the Octagon. Either one of these men could be contenders in the wide open Welterweight division. This is a can not miss fight.
2. The first event on UFC Fight Pass
The UFC unveiled the Fight Pass this past weekend, and it looks to be an exceptional service. Besides for the entire library of UFC, StrikeForce, Pride, and Affliction fights, the Fight Pass will also have exclusive live events. UFC Fight Night 34 is the first live event on Fight Pass, and you don’t want to miss it. Word has gotten out that the pacing will be much quicker for Fight Pass cards, with possibly under 5 minutes between fights.
3. The debut of Tatsuya Kawajiri
The legendary Japanese MMA fighter is making his highly anticipated UFC debut this Saturday. He will be facing off against fellow UFC newcomer, Sean Soriano, in the co-main event of the evening. Kawajiri has fought in Pride, Dream, StrikeForce, ONE FC, and Shooto. He is a legend in Asian MMA, and a fighter to keep watch of come 2014.
4. The first event of 2014, and it is free
Who would want to miss the first event of the new year? Especially when it is free on the UFC’s new Fight Pass service. Grab some eggs and coffee, log on to UFC Fight Pass, and enjoy some free MMA in the morning.
5. Tons of prospects
The UFC has put together a stellar card full of Asian prospects for the Asian market in Singapore. Fighters to watch for are Kiichi Kunimoto, Shunichi Shimizu, Will Chope, Luiz Dutra, Sean Soriano, and more. While this card may lack in name value, it does not lack in talent.