While most of Strikeforce’s champion and biggest names have already fought in the UFC, and many have scored big wins while doing so, welterweight champ Tarec Saffiedine hasn’t yet. The 26 year-old fighter was scheduled to battle Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 8 (which probably would have been fantastic), but he was forced to withdraw due to injury. At the end of the day, Lawler ended up fighting Strikeforce vet Bobby Voelker and recording a KO win.
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, Saffiedine relayed that he’s hoping to fight late December or early January, which would mean approximately a year will have gone by since he defeated Nate Marquardt at Strikeforce’s final card. And who is the Belgian vet and noted striker interested in facing? Evidently the winner of Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 27 headliner.
“I’ll be watching this fight really closely on Wednesday, between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann,” Saffiedine said. “I really like those fighters, both of them would be good fights for me. I’d like to fight the winner of that fight.
“They are both coming of losses, but I think Carlos looked good in those fights he lost. Martin got knocked out against Johny Hendricks. It’s going to be a war, I’m looking forward to watch it.”
Sounds like not a bad plan no? Although, if the #2 ranked Condit wins, he might look to fight another top five ranked welterweight next. Saffiedine currently sits at #8 and Kampmann is ranked #6. Of course, stylistically either Condit or Kampmann versus Saffiedine would probably make for an entertaining bout. If Strikeforce was never your ‘bag’, Saffiedine rebounded from a UD loss to Tyrone Woodley in 2011 and went on to win four straight bouts as well as the promotion’s title (versus Marquardt).
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