After being forced out of his UFC on Fox 8 bout against Robbie Lawler due to injury, Tarec Saffiedine is finally looking ahead to his much-anticipated UFC debut. It’s been a long journey to get to the octagon for the former Strikeforce welterweight champion, and he enters a stacked division with a number of big names to choose from. Saffiedine recently spoke to MMA Fighting about the timetable for his return, as well as possible opponents he for his promotional debut.
I’ll be watching this fight really closely on Wednesday, between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann. 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.”
If Saffiedine is able secure a high-profile bout against the winner of Wednesday night’s matchup, it would go a long way in determining where he stacks up in the crowded welterweight division. The UFC has previously looked to award top bookings for former Strikeforce champions in their promotional debuts, with Gilbert Melendez earning an immediate title shot against lightweight champion Benson Henderson, and Dan Henderson and Luke Rockhold receiving main event match ups against Mauricio Rua and Vitor Belfort, respectively. There are a number of intriguing match ups for champion Georges St. Pierre if he is able to defeat Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, including a possible showdown with Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, or against his own protegé, Rory MacDonald. A big win for Saffiedine over either Condit or Kampmann would secure him a place toward the top of the divisional landscape.
UFC Fight Night 28, featuring a rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann, kicks off live from Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.