UFC Welterweight competitor Tarec Saffiedine has had a successful professional MMA career. Currently holding a 15-4 record, Saffiedine sat down to talk about where it all began and what that experience was like during his first career fight.

“I was really nervous inside of me, but really relaxed on the outside of me. I remember going into the ring and my coach screaming at me. Go, go, go for it!” said Saffiedine. “I was ground and pounding him, almost finishing the fight, and then he said kimura. And I kimura’d him and that’s how I won my first fight.”

Although Saffiedine says that he remembers his first fight happening in May 2006, it actually took place in March, 2007 against Gullaume Janvier at Shooto Belgium: Consecration. Born in Brussels, Belgium, having the opportunity to fight in his home country during his first career fight was something that really excited him.

“It was a great feeling. I put a lot of hard work behind and every time I fight, I work really hard. It was a great feeling for me, especially fighting in Belgium in front of the people I know and everything. It was a great memory,” said Saffiedine.