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Tarec Saffiedine On Turning Down Carlos Condit Bout: I Didn’t Have Enough Time

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine had the opportunity to step in and face Carlos Condit next month at UFC 158.

However, with just a number of weeks to prepare for the former interim UFC champion, Saffiedine did not feel like he could put forth his best effort, and turned down the fight.

“I have a lot of respect for Carlos, and I’d love to fight him, but I believe I need a healthier camp and a longer camp,” said Saffiedine, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com Radio. “Three-and-a-half weeks is kind of short for a fighter like him, and that’s basically why I didn’t do the fight.”

Condit will now face Johny Hendricks, who steps in for the injured Rory MacDonald.

Saffiedine won the Strikeforce title in January, defeating Nate Marquardt in the final fight for the promotion. Marquardt will make his return to the UFC against Jake Ellenberger in March.

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