When Strikeforce officially closed, the UFC brought several names over to join their roster. Almost all of those 10 plus names have fought, with a major exception being the final welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine.
Even by winning the Strikeforce welterweight title in the final bout in the promotion’s history against a UFC veteran, Saffiedine thinks that fighters from the defunct company are considered second tier.
“I believed coming up in Strikeforce we had something to prove,” said Saffiedine on BJPennDotCom Radio. “A lot of people look at us like the division II of MMA, with the UFC being division I. I believe we go into the UFC proving that we belong there, and that we are hungry for the win.”
It was January when Saffiedine repeatedly used unmatched shots to the inside leg of Nate Marquardt to take the title. He makes his UFC debut opposite Robbie Lawler, a fellow Strikeforce fighter who beat Josh Koscheck in February.
Saffiedine vs. Lawler meet at UFC on FOX 8 on July 27. They have been placed on the main card out of the KeyArena in Seattle, WA.