Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine has yet to sign on the dotted line for his UFC debut.
Saffiedine (14-3) last fought in January, besting Nate Marquardt to become the final Strikeforce champion. Marquardt has since made his return to the Octagon, but a few nagging injuries kept Saffiedine from taking a short notice bout at a recent card.
Instead, he’ll remain on the sidelines, waiting to hear what the UFC has to offer.
“I don’t know when my first UFC fight will be. Getting a title shot straightaway would have been great, but I haven’t even had any title defenses in Strikeforce. Hopefully after a couple of fights I should get the title shot,” said Saffiedine, during a recent interview with BloodyElbow.com. “I was offered a fight with Carlos Condit but I was injured and it was too close to heal up and be ready.”
Since a 2011 decision loss to Tyron Woodley – who is also in the UFC and has earned a win – Saffiedine has reeled off four consecutive decision triumphs.
With the welterweight division as deep as ever, the prospects of fighting for the title are a ways off for Saffiedine. Still, a win or two over some Top-10 fighters could vault him into a strong position.