Saunders Signs with Bellator

By Mike Whitman Feb 3, 2011
Ben Saunders (right) | Dave Mandel/

Former UFC welterweight competitor Ben Saunders has signed with Bellator Fighting Championships and will make his debut with the promotion during its upcoming fourth season.

“Ben Saunders is an exciting, powerful welterweight with explosive knockout power. Ben is dangerous and always shows up to fight. I’m excited to see his first fight under the Bellator banner on MTV2 in April.” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in an official press release.

Saunders enters the circular cage of Bellator coming off a win in a local Florida promotion in November. Prior to that victory, however, “Killa B” had lost three of four fights in the Octagon before being released by the UFC.

A contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter” season six, Saunders began his UFC career with three straight victories before running into Mike Swick at UFC 99. Though the American Top Team product would rebound with a dominant win over Marcus Davis, Saunders would lose back-to-back fights to Jon Fitch and Dennis Hallman before being cut by the promotion in 2010. Saunders will not compete in Bellator's upcoming welterweight tournament.

“I'm here to test myself against anyone that they throw against me,” said Saunders. “I want to be the best. I want to be a champion, and that's my goal. I'm here to kick some ass, make some money, and take a belt along the way.”
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