Saffiedine said his first goal was accomplished. But provided he moves over to the UFC, don't expect him to start asking for a quick title shot over there, too.
"It's not really my call," he said at the post-fight news conference for "Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine, which took place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. "I would love to fight for the (UFC) belt. But this belt was my goal first. Now I've reached my goal and I need to set new goals. I didn't think of what's next after this belt.
"I need to take a step back and think about what's next for my career. I haven't been approached by the UFC. Whatever's coming tomorrow, I'll be ready."
And ready was what he was for Marquardt, despite the long odds against him.
In fact, Saffiedine said also served as a push for him in training to get ready for a fight in which no one was given him much chance.
"It was definitely a motivation," he said. "I had other motivation. But I like to beat the odds. I trained really hard. I didn't really pay attention to the odds because it's MMA and anything can happen. Winning the belt was one of the biggest motivations for me."
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps
) he's not certain what will happen with Saffiedine in the UFC, but believes he has a big future there.
"I think Nate and Tarec are both great fighters and they'll both be going over there," he said. "But where and when and who they fight really is up to (the UFC matchmakers). We really haven't had that conversation about when these guys will fight, when Gilbert (Melendez) will fight or when any of the other champions from Strikeforce will go over and fight. That conversation will probably happen in the next week or so. Right now, it's undetermined, so I really have no idea."