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UFC Fight Night 88 results recap: Rick Story vs Tarec Saffiedine fight review and analysis

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Last night (Sun., May 29, 2016), Rick Story and Tarec Saffiedine squared off at UFC Fight Night 88 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a solid return to form, Story earned a decision victory. Find out how below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight veterans Rick Story and Tarec Saffiedine collided last night (May 29, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 88 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Story is one of the division’s toughest competitors, but a long layoff made his position uncertain. In his return bout against “The Sponge,” Story needed to prove that he’s still a relevant player at 170 pounds. Injuries have also prevented Saffiedine from building much momentum, but he had earned a position inside the Top 10 as well. Last night, the distance kickboxer intended to keep his opponent away and begin his title run.

As expected, Story looked to pressure his opponent from the opening bell. He threw — and landed — a fair few low kicks and tried to time his opponent circling with long hooks and crosses. Saffiedine did a nice job evading the punches and looked to fire off hard kicks whenever his opponent was in range.

Though many of the exchanges were close, Story’s pressure and clinch work gave him a slight edge. He did a nice job of move forward with punches and finishing in the clinch, where he managed to land some hard body punches.

It was a close round, but Story deserved to win it.

Both fighters landed some nice kicks to start the round — and Saffiedine just missed a head kick for the third time — but Story was more intent on closing the distance this time around. Though Saffiedine’s takedown defense kept him upright, Story did a nice job of controlling his opponent ….View full article

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