Tarec Saffiedine has the chance of a lifetime this evening, as he meets Nate Marquardt for the Strikeforce welterweight title at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine.
The card will be the last one for the promotion, and many of the top fighters – including the current champions – are expected to sign with the UFC if they have not already done so.
Saffiedine (13-3) will have the opportunity to become the final Strikeforce 170-pound champion, and likely enter the UFC. But, he has yet to hear anything about a potential contract with the UFC.
“I think a win is always better for the next step in whatever you do, but as far as the UFC, I haven’t been approached by them in any way,” said Saffiedine, in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “So, I’m really just focused on winning the fight. I think I’d definitely be a top-five or top-10 fighter (with a win) because even though Strikeforce won’t be there, I think the value of the belt is huge in the UFC.”
The 26-year-old has won three straight and is 6-1 in his last seven, with the lone loss coming to Tyron Woodley in 2011. He has competed in both Strikeforce and Strikeforce Challengers since 2010.