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Woodley and Saffiedine set to rematch for the title

ESPN staff
August 1, 2011
Tyron Woodley did enough to edge past Paul Daley © Getty Images

Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine are on collision course for the Strikeforce welterweight title, according to CEO Scott Coker.

Woodley defeated former No. 1 contender Paul Daley on Saturday night, controlling the Brit for a 29-28 decision. His unbeaten record now stands at 9-0.

The American deserved the victory against Daley, although it was hardly a performance to capture the imagination. Nevertheless, he is a man who Strikeforce eyes as a future champion, and that opportunity will come in the near future.

Saffiedine, meanwhile, also took a decision to defeat Scott Smith for his fourth win in five outings. Saffiedine is well respected among his peers, racking up 14 pro fights by the age of 24.

"I would think that Tyron and Tarec are going to be frontrunners for that vacant title," Coker confirmed over the weekend.

Woodley and Saffiedine have already met once before, in a comfortable win for Woodley, but with vacated champion Nick Diaz currently set for a UFC bout with Georges St-Pierre, Saffiedine looks set to get a second chance.

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