Ben Saunders came back to the UFC in style against Chris Heatherly at UFC Fight Night 49, finishing the fight via first round submission. After opening up with some kicks, Heatherly caught a leg kick, getting it down to the mat and trying to dominate Saunders from that position.
This was ultimately the UFC newcomer’s downfall, as Saunders took full advantage, utilising a high guard to attempt a triangle, before adjusting to an omoplata, applying serious pressure to Heatherly’s shoulder and forcing the tap early into the first round. The win is Saunders’ fourth in his last five, and takes his UFC record to 5-3.
Check out the action below.
Ben Saunders making his return here against Chris Heatherly, who seems relatively overlooked for this fight. Should be a fun one.
Round 1 – Saunders taking the centre, opening up with a high kick, then going to the body. Nice leg kicks land for Saunders, but Heatherly catches one and gets him to the mat. Full guard for Saunders, who is trying to utilise a rubber guard. Short shots for Saunders. He may be going for a triangle here. He is. He’s trying to adjust and tighten it up. Short elbows but Heatherly sneaks out. Omoplata from Saunders, possibly trying to sweep with this. He’s done it! An omoplata finish! Eddie Bravo is happy as hell.
Result: Saunders via submission (omoplata) at 2:18 in first round.
A big win for Ben Saunders, and a surprising method of victory also. He gets back to the UFC in tremendous fashion.
You can check out the full play-by-play for the event here on Cage Pages. The results for the card, as it stands, can be found below.
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 2)
Ben Saunders def. Chris Heatherly via submission (omoplata) at 2:18 in first round.
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Wilson Reis def. Joby Sanchez via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).