Strikeforce World Champion Tarec ‘Sponge’ Saffiedine has found new home in Asia as the UFC Welterweight title contender has now joined the famed Evolve MMA team in Singapore.
Evolve Fight Team is Asia’s most decorated professional fighting team and boasts one of the most stacked roster of world champion coaches and fighters from several disciplines, and having a US Olympian and multiple time NCAA Division I wrestling champ surely boosts their already impressive line up. Apart from having Askren round out his MMA game by training with some of the very best Muay Thai fighters of this generation, this could also be very beneficial to the MMA fighters at the Evolve Fight Team, which includes ONE FC Champ Shinya Aoki, along with other Asian stars and UFC fighters such as Rafael Dos Anjos and Leandro Issa.
It’s a real honor to be part of the biggest MMA team in Asia full of world champions in Muay Thai, BJJ and Wrestling. EVOLVE MMA! Thanks everyone for your support!
Tarec Saffiedine is in truth no stranger to Evolve MMA. Evolve Fight Team’s head coach used to coach Tarec at Team Quest, and Tarec also trains there whenever he is in Singapore. This relationship seems to have paid off at UFC Fight Night 34 which took place in Singapore last month as the former Strikeforce champ earned his first win under the UFC banner.
Saffiedine has been training California’s Team Quest ever since his early career in 2008, but with deciding to join a top Asian camp less than 2 months away from his next UFC encounter, it only makes sense to wait and see how will Tarec fare in the UFC following this move.