Tarec Saffiedine: 'I have the tools to beat Rory MacDonald'

Elias Cepeda
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SINGAPORE - JANUARY 04: Tarec Saffiedine reacts as he enters the arena during the UFC Fight Night Singapore welterweight bout at Marina Bay Sands on January 4, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

UFC welterweight Tarec Saffiedine has won five straight bouts and believes he's one or two wins away from a title shot, as he heads into his Oct. 4 UFC Fight Night 54 main event against Rory MacDonald in Canada. According to the fighter out of Belgium, George St. Pierre's absence has left the 170 pound division wide open.

"It's been quite crazy...since GSP left the division," he said at this week's UFC fight Night 54 press conference.

"Everybody is, I believe, one or two fights away from a title shot, in the top ten, top fifteen. So, it's pretty stacked and I'm super excited to be a part of it."

As for his fight against MacDonald, who has won two-straight and seven out of his last eight, Saffiedine believes he's got the style to beat the home-town hero. "I believe I stack up pretty well," he said.

"I truly believe that my style can match up pretty well with his style. When I was watching [MacDonald's last fight, against Tyron Woodley] I could tell that I have the tools to, stylistically match up pretty well with him...I'm training really hard to put on an amazing fight and get the 'W'."

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