Originally Posted by Canadian Psycho
I'd start him off slow. Marquardt is a solid win for any man, but I'd be wary of rushing Tarec into top UFC competition. I'd not exactly place him against cans, but perhaps another prospect like Erik Silva.
That would be a terrible "start him off slow fight". Some people aren't as high on Silva as I may be. But he gave Fitch all he could handle at the beginning of that fight. He is a good striker with very good BJJ. His kryptonite will be wrestlers who can out-work him. Saff is a kickboxer with solid TDD and solid BJJ.
Why start him off vs a guy with little name recognition, but very dangerous on the feet...a place Saff likes to keep it?
I think Saff should get a decent guy. Why would Melendez get a auto shot, DC get Mir, Rockhold maybe a title shot but Saff get a non top 10 guy? He just beat a top 5-7 WW.
I would give him Kampmann. It would be an excellent fight as well.