UFC: Weight is off fighters' minds

UFC: Weight is off fighters' minds

On the eve of the biggest contest of his career, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Tarec Saffiedine fixed his steely gaze on the man standing between him and a debut Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) victory Saturday night.

But there was only one thing on the Belgian's mind at the official weigh-in at Marina Bay Sands - wolfing down a meal at a restaurant.

Asked what his plans were after making the welterweight (77kg) limit, the 27-year-old said: "I'm going to eat at Marche. I'm very hungry after cutting weight, and I heard there's good food there."

Saffiedine's fight against South Korean Lim Hyun Gyu tonight will headline UFC's inaugural South-east Asia show, which is titled Fight Night 34. He said he was looking forward to the action getting underway.

"I feel good, I've been in Singapore a couple of times, and I've acclimatised since arriving on Sunday," explained Saffiedine, who was a Strikeforce champion before that organisation disbanded.

"I've put a good gameplan together. I had to lose about 10 pounds (4.5kg) in the lead-up and tt wasn't easy - I prefer to cut my weight gradually."

Lim, however, found beating the scales much harder.

The 28-year-old rushed off with his coaches and team-mates after the weigh-in, munching on a huge slice of watermelon along the way.

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