Being the final Strikeforce welterweight champion may have placed Tarec Saffiedine closer towards the No. 1 contender status in the UFC, so he has his eyes on the upcoming championship fight. UFC 167 is headlined with welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre taking on Johny Hendricks and Saffiedine has his take on the outcome.
“Johny is really tough, he has big heavy hands and good wrestling, but GSP is a technical level above him,” said Saffiedine to MMA Fighting. “Hendricks wants to brawl, but GSP uses his footwork and jab. GSP hasn’t fought a southpaw, so we’ll see how he reacts to that. Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t think he did. But GSP wins the fight.”
St-Pierre enters the fight looking to expand on his record eight title defenses. Hendricks has stopped several fights in the opening round with one shot.
Saffiedine was injured earlier in the year and his UFC debut has been delayed. He takes on Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 34 on January 4.