Ben Saunders showed flashes of brilliance in the short amount of time he was in the UFC.
The American Top Team product debuted in the organization in December of 2007, following a semi-final run through the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Ben eventually racked up three-consecutive victories, keeping his then undefeated record alive.
A savage TKO victory over Brandon Wolff, which was complimented by successive knee’s to the head thanks to his 6’4 frame, catapulted Ben into the top of the welterweight class. However, Saunders went on to compile a 1-3 record over his next four fights, and was eventually released from the promotion. The UFC’s loss was Bellator’s gain.
The organization officially announced Saunders as a now active fighter on their roster, and he is expected to debut in the promotion as early as March, when they kick off their fourth-season which is to be televised on MTV2.
However, Ben will NOT be a participant in any of the upcoming tournaments, which has been a staple in furthering the popularity for the upstart organization, which has crowned several champions since their inception into the mixed martial arts world including wrestling standouts Cole Konrad, and Olympian’s Ben Askren, Joe Warren among others.
Since his release from the UFC, Saunders has picked up submission win over Elijah Harshbarger, which was the result of an onslaught of punches and elbows which had Elijah wanting out of the fight inside of the first-round.
So, MMA peeps, what do you think of the addition of Saunders to the Bellator fold? Sound off in the comment section below.