Tarec Saffiedine was offered the co-main event spot at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz and a chance to debut in the Octagon against Carlos Condit. However, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion was forced to turn down the fight.
Now, after an appearance on The MMA Hour Monday, we know the exact reason Saffiedine said no to the contest.
“I’m not 100-percent healthy,” Saffiedine said. “I have a couple of injuries that have been nagging and I had to take care of. So, I had to unfortunately turn down the fight. It was too short to heal my injury and be ready to fight.”
Saffiedine, who won the belt on Strikeforce’s final show from Nate Marquardt, added that he still isn’t sure he would have accepted the Condit fight on such short notice.
“If I weren’t injured, I don’t know,” Saffiedine said. “I think I would have to say no. I don’t know. It was a tough call because I wasn’t in the best shape right now and it was a tough call to not say yes and at the same time, it was a great opportunity and one I was looking for.”
Condit will now face Johny Hendricks, while Marquardt steps in to meet Jake Ellenberger on the stacked welterweight event from Montreal.