The competitive nature of divisions under the UFC banner rise and fall, but the 170-pound weight class never falters. Even in 2012, with long-reigning champion Georges St-Pierre on the sidelines with injury, a pack of hungry competitors battled for their place in the divisional hierarchy, and this kept the action flowing in the welterweight ranks.
On the current landscape of the UFC, there is no collection of fighters on hotter streaks that the upper-tier of the 170-pound division, and Tarec Saffiedine is ready to get in on the action.
"Oh man, I can't wait," Saffiedine told Bleacher Report. "First of all, being part of the UFC is unbelievable. I came from Belgium where MMA is not famous. You cannot make a living off your passion if you are a mixed martial artist. Coming here, I'm able to make a living off what I love to do, and it's unreal. Being part of the UFC and the 170-pound division—all those guys are super-talented and great fighters. There are a lot of different styles everyone brings, and I can't wait to get deep into this division. I look forward to many great fights and putting on a great show for the fans."
"It's been frustrating not being able to fight and train, but it's part of the game. You have to heal up and bounce back right away. I had to keep my mind positive because these things happen. I'm going to get that momentum going again. I'm healthy, and I'm training super-hard for this fight. I can't wait to show the UFC fans what I'm all about. They kind of don't know me just yet or what I'm capable of doing. I'm looking forward to showing them."