Tarec Saffiedine Says He’s Making Changes to Fight Jake Ellenberger
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.05.2014
They’re set to fight at UFC 172…
MMAjunkie Radio recently interviewed UFC welterweight fighter Tarec Saffiedine. Saffiedine is next set to fight at UFC 172 against Jake Ellenberger. Below are some highlights from the interview:
Saffiedine on having been the Strikeforce welterweight champion: "You know that saying that you're the champion once you're defending the title? I never had the chance to do it. I'm still the champion of Strikeforce, but I had to let that go once it was gone and focus on my career in the UFC. I still take a lot of pride being the last Strikeforce champion, though."
Saffiedine on getting matched up with Ellenberger again. They were matched up before for the UFC fight card in Singapore, but Ellenberger dropped out due to injury: "This fight still makes sense. He's in the top five (of the UFC's welterweight rankings). I just got back in the top 10. I was really looking forward to facing someone like Jake, and there wasn't anyone else available to fight. He's back, he's healthy, and I want to test myself against one of the best. Jake is one of them, and it's a good matchup, I believe."
Saffiedine on making changes in his game plan for the next fight after training for Ellenberger before: "It does change a little bit because from my last fight, I made some mistakes that I need to work on. I need to work on a lot of things for myself since that fight. Plus, it's not going to be a five-round fight. It'll be a three-round fight, so that changes the intensity. But as far as pure game plan for Jake, I don't think it's going to change much. I've just got to go back to my coaches and go back to what we were working on in the last camp (before he got injured)."
Saffiedine on fighting like a champion and looking to get the UFC title: "In my heart, I'm the champion and I'm still going to fight like the champion. That's where I want to go in the UFC – get to that title. And it would be awesome to walk into the cage fighting for the belt as a former Strikeforce champion fighting for the belt."