Tarec Saffiedine Says He Can Beat Rory MacDonald
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.12.2014
He wants it to happen...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Tarec Saffiedine (15-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) said that he wants to fight Rory MacDonald (17-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and thinks he can beat him. He was supposed to fight Jake Ellenberger at UFC 172 in April, but he had to back out. This was the second time a fight between them fell apart.
On fighting Rory MacDonald: "I was in Belgium when I watched the fight with Rory and Tyron Woodley. While I was watching the fight, I had that feeling, you know, the goosebumps. The way he was moving, the way he was punching, the way he was setting up his takedowns, the way he was moving inside the cage, the way he was moving his feet – everything he did, I was thinking, ‘I can beat this guy.' With the proper camp and me doing everything I need to do, I know I can beat that guy. He's close to the title shot, so it's a fight I'd love to have. I think we can put on an amazing fight, and I believe that my style can beat his style, without a doubt."
On his inactivity: "I guess that fight with Jake will never happen. I guess we just have bad luck around that fight. I don't want to talk too much about the specifics of the injury that I had to treat, but it was something that could affect me long-term, even post-career, so I had to be very careful. I took two or three months off, two or three months of seeing doctors and doing physical therapy and visiting the chiropractor and everything that I needed to do. I even went back home to Belgium to receive some second opinions and third opinions to really make sure that I am good to go and I can go slowly back to training. Now I feel good. I've been back training for about two weeks, and I'm feeling great. I'm not in shape yet, but I'm feeling great."
On when he might fight again: "I'm trying to get a fight around September. That would give me a little bit of time to get back in shape before starting camp. I don't want to go just right away into camp. I'd like to get back into the shape you need to be before camp. I'd love to have a camp of six or seven weeks for my next fight, and so that's why I'm hoping to fight in September."