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Tarec Saffiedine Completes Strikeforce Quest With Title Victory

Tarec Saffiedine systematically picked Nate Marquardt apart Saturday night, scoring the Strikeforce welterweight title in the final event for the promotion. Saffiedine claimed a decision victory over Marquardt, a former UFC contender.

Saffiedine worked his way up through the Strikeforce Challengers series, earning a title shot by winning three straight since a loss to Tyron Woodley in 2011.

“I can’t imagine I am wearing the belt right now,” Saffiedine said. “It’s unbelievable.”

The Team Quest fighter said that he knew his kicks would be important. Saffiedine (14-3) spoke earlier in the week about dreaming of a head-kick knockout finish of Marquardt.

Marquardt (32-11-2) entered Strikeforce and won the vacant title by knocking out Woodley last year. He was released from the UFC after missing weight for a fight.

“I’ve been training so hard, for so long,” Saffiedine said. “My kicks was the game plan (going in).”