Demian Maia Wants Tarec Saffiedine

By Jeremy Green
Demian Maia UFC
Mark J. Rebillas-US Presswire

A welterweight bout is in the works between Demian Maia and Tarec Saffiedine.  This news comes from Ariel Helwani via UFC Tonight.  Both fighters are coming off the biggest wins of their careers, so this bout makes a lot of sense.

Demian Maia is coming ff a dominant performance over Jon Fitch, where he was able to dominate Fitch on the ground.  It was a sterling performance from Maia; one that certainly puts him in the top five of the welterweight division.  Maia is now 3-0 in the welterweight division, and has the chance to become the number one contender with a win over Tarec Saffiedine if the bout is booked.

Tarec Saffiedine is coming over a championship title win over Nate Marquardt.  In the bout, Tarec would land some devastating leg kicks time and time again.  Marquardt was unable to get anything significant off, losing a unanimous decision.  Tarec became the new and last Strikeforce welterweight champion.  Over the course of Tarec’s career, he has shown exceptional take down defense and his kicks have evolved quite nicely.

A win for either of these fighters would be huge for their career.  Currently, George St. Pierre is set to defense his belt against Nick Diaz, and the next challenger for the welterweight title is pretty much up for grabs.  If Maia or Saffiedine are able to win in decisive fashion, then there is a good chance that they will get a title shot.  Will Maia be able to make it 4-0 in the welterweight division?  Or will Saffiedine’s striking be too much for Maia?  Stay tuned!

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