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).”