MMA: Rafael dos Anjos to make welterweight debut at UFC Fight Night Singapore

Rafael Dos Anjos is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound best lightweight fighters on the planet, and will be at The Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) in Singapore on June 17, 2017.
Rafael Dos Anjos is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound best lightweight fighters on the planet, and will be at The Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) in Singapore on June 17, 2017. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Singapore - The Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC), the largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organisation in the world, has confirmed two additional bouts for its live event on June 17, 2017 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

UFC Fight Night Singapore will see an explosive welterweight war in which former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-9-0, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) makes his divisional debut against Tarec Saffiedine (16-6-0, fighting out of Brussels, Belgium).

Dos Anjos is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound best lightweight fighters on the planet. A high-volume striker, Dos Anjos has torn a path though the division, facing and defeating major names such as Donald Cerrone, Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis.

Dos Anjos' first fight at welterweight signals a new contender in an already stacked division.

The last time Saffiedine fought in Singapore, he walked away with a bonus of US$50,000 (S$69,884) for the Fight of the Night against South Korea's Lim Hyun Gyu on Jan 4, 2014.

Come June 17, the UFC's first Belgian fighter will look to do the same, and a decisive win over a former champion like dos Anjos will be a key step in getting the No. 10-ranked Saffiedine on a clear path to a title shot and possible UFC gold.

Budding prospect Naoki Inoue (10-0, fighting out of Toyohashi, Japan) will also make his UFC debut in Singapore.

Undefeated in his professional career, Inoue leads a new generation of Japanese prospects out to prove that the heart of the Samurai is very much alive in the 21st century.

He will be facing off against fellow undefeated fighter Carls "Golden Boy" John de Tomas in the Octagon (6-0, fighting out of the Quezon City, Philippines).

Coming from one of the boxing capitals of the world, de Tomas is a unique product, a second-generation fighter who comes to the UFC, with half of his professional wins coming by way of submission.

Please check www.ufc.com for more information or current fight news. All bouts are subject to change. The main and co-main bouts for UFC Fight Night Singapore will be confirmed as they become available.

Ticket Information:

Tickets for UFC Fight Night Singapore will go on sale on April 13 at 10am (Singapore time) and are priced at S$378, S$248, S$128, S$98, and S$58 (prices do not include applicable service charges and fees).

Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.sportshubtix.sg, the Sports Hub Tix Box Office, Sports Hub Tix Outlets at all SingPost locations, and by calling Sports Hub Tix Hotline at +65 3158 7888.

Early bird promotions will be available from April 13 - 28.