Saffiedine upsets Marquardt, wins Strikeforce welterweight title

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The final fight in Strikeforce history produced a surprising victor as Tarec Saffiedine upset Nate Marquardt for the welterweight title Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Headlining the final event for a promotion that became involved with MMA in 2006, Saffiedine relied on a game plan of steady leg kicks to dethrone the defending champion. All three judges scored it in his favor: 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46.

“It’s unbelievable,” Saffiedine said. “I can’t imagine I’m wearing the belt right now. I want to thank Strikeforce for being by my side for so long.”

While not one of the biggest names of the Strikeforce brand, Saffiedine (14-3) has enjoyed plenty of success since signing with the promotion in 2010. He finishes with an overall record of 7-1, the only loss coming via decision to Tyron Woodley.

The win over Marquardt will not be remembered as one of the most action-packed of the year, but it demonstrated a well-rounded skill set by Saffiedine and a strong commitment to what turned out to be a very effective game plan.

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Title Fight Tarrec Saffiedine Vs. Nate “The Great” Marquardt
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) – Fight was for the Welterweight Title
Name Tarrec Saffiedine No Headshot Available
Height 5′ 6″ (167.64 cm)
Weight 170 (77.11 kg)
Record 13-2-0


Name Nate Marquardt Nate Marquardt
Height 6′ 1″ (185.42 cm)
Weight 185 (83.91 kg)
Record 32-10-2
Team Colorado Stars
-Tarec Saffiedine defeated Nate Marquardt by Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46 and 49-46)