Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine turned down Carlos Condit fight at UFC 158 due to injury - MMAmania.com
So, why didn't the bout between Tarec and Condit come to be?
According to Saffiedine, he wasn't quite healthy enough to step up on short notice as he recently revealed on his appearance on "The MMA Hour:"
However, Tarec went on to say even if he was injury free, he probably wouldn't have accepted the bout against Condit on short notice."The main reason is, I'm not 100-percent healthy. I have a couple of injuries that have been nagging and I had to take care of. And so, I had to unfortunately turn down the fight. It was too short to heal my injury and be ready for the fight. With healthy and a longer camp, I would love to take the fight. But, unfortunately, that's the reason why I had to turn it down."
He offers up further explanations:
"On short notice, if I weren't injured, I don't know, in such short notice, I think I would have to say no. I don't know man. It was a tough call because I wasn't in the best shape right now and it was a tough call to not say yes and at the same time it was a great opportunity and one I was looking for also. But, the balance in the end was the injury."
*Not a very good start with the UFC, less than 2 months in and at least 2 fights turned down.