Ben Saunders is heading back to the UFC.
Just two days ago, Ben Saunders (16-6-2) had a new opponent for his headlining welterweight title bout at Titan FC 29, when his originally opponent Matt Riddle withdrew due to injury. Now, instead of facing Jose Landi-Jons on August 22nd for the Titan FC welterweight championship, Ben Saunders will be returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. First reported by MMAFighting.com.
The 31 year old was released by the UFC in 2010 following a loss to Dennis Hallman; his 3rd loss in 4 bouts. “Killa B” then went on to compete in Bellator for the next three years of his career—achieving a record of 7-3. But falling short of winning the Bellator welterweight tournament twice—losing to current welterweight champion, Douglas Lima in both tournament finals.
Coming off season 6 of The Ultimate Fighter, Ben Saunders was off to a hot start to his UFC career—winning his first 3 bouts to remain unbeaten in his career. But would suffer losses to Mike Swick, Jon Fitch, and Dennis Hallman in 3 of his next 4 bouts, leading to his departure.
Saunders last competed in September of 2013 at Bellator 100 where he suffered a first round knockout to Douglas Lima, snapping his 3-fight win streak.
Titan Fighting Championships puts ‘fighters first’ as evidenced by their “Zuffa clause” that allows fighters to leave their promotion to sign with the UFC, with Titan FC’s permission. Saunders becomes the beneficiary of that clause, after signing with Titan FC in June, he is granted his release.
No opponent or date has been announced for yet for Ben Saunders’ UFC return.
As a result of Ben Saunders leaving, Titan FC 29′s new main event will be a lightweight matchup between Mike Ricci vs. George Sotiropoulos—originally the co-main event.