If health issues are behind him, Belgian fighter Tarec Saffiedine will get quite a first test as he enters the UFC’s welterweight division. The organization is targeting a matchup between the former Strikeforce champion and Matt Brown who is on the most significant winning streak of his career. That fight would accomplish two things. Saffiedine, who had expressed a desire to fight the winner of the Carlos Condit–Martin Kampmann rematch (he won’t be getting Condit!), will still be getting a prime test in making his Octagon debut. As for “The Immortal”, Brown will be getting a top-10 opponent, something he’s been looking for in his improbable climb up the 170-pound ladder.
Saffiedine is one of the last of the notable Strikeforce names who’s yet to compete in the UFC. His last fight was a dominant five-round decision over Nate Marquardt in January of this year. Since that time, nagging injury issues have kept him on the shelf. He had been slated to make his debut against Robbie Lawler in what would’ve been a terrific matchup at UFC on Fox 8. However, health issues forced Saffiedine to withdraw from that bout. During his MMA career, he has shown himself to be a solid, precise striker and his leg kick clinic in the Marquardt victory was a sight to behold. By the fourth and fifth rounds of that fight, you were actually cringing every time you saw Marquardt take a kick to his badly damaged leg. Saffiedine has been victorious in his last four fights.
Brown has never looked better in his career and has put together three straight impressive performances on FOX. He took out Mike Swick, Jordan Mein and Mike Pyle in dynamic fashion and is ready for all comers. Five of the wins on this six-fight tear have been via knockout or submission and he’s brimming with confidence. While Brown’s call out of welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will have to wait he will be getting some solid competition in the form of Saffiedine.
The matchup is being targeted for an event in December and if Saffiedine is finally good to go, UFC fans should be in for a treat with this matchup.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports