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Benjamin Saunders (born April 13, 1983 in Orlando, Florida), is an American professional mixed martial artist. His background is in Jeet Kune Do concepts and he was a featured fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra, fighting on Team Serra.[1]

Mixed martial artsEdit

Saunders began training in martial arts at a young age starting with Jeet Kune Do concepts. He began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the gi in 2003 and on January 16, 2010, he received his brown belt.[2]

The Ultimate FighterEdit

Saunders defeated Dan Barrera in the first round of the competition by split decision. Saunders was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Tommy Speer via decision.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Saunders defeated Dan Barrera at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Finale by unanimous decision.

In his second career UFC fight, Saunders defeated UFC newcomer Ryan Thomas by armbar in the second round.

In his third career UFC fight he fought Brandon Wolff, defeating him in the first round with knees from the Thai clinch, by landing 42 knees to his opponent. This left Wolff's face a bloody and swollen mess. After the bout many comparisons were made between him and Anderson Silva, who is also known for his Thai clinch prowess.

Saunders' next fight was supposed to be at UFC 96 against welterweight standout Dustin Hazelett, but due to injury Hazelett pulled out of the match. Saunders was then set to face UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan. However, Saunders later pulled out of the match due to an injured foot.

On February 28, 2009, it was confirmed that Saunders would be facing Mike Swick at UFC 99.[3] Saunders was defeated by Swick by continuous punches to the face. As Swick struck, Saunders ducked into Swick's striking range every time which essentially cost him the fight.

Saunders defeated Marcus Davis on November 21, 2009, via knee strikes 3:24 into the first round at UFC 106 making him the first man to knockout Marcus Davis.[4]

Saunders was expected to face off against top ten welterweight Martin Kampmann at UFC 111 in March. However, an injury forced Kampmann off the card and Saunders was set to face Jake Ellenberger.[5] On March 25, 2010, news broke that Thiago Alves's pre-fight CT scan found an irregularity in his brain, and he was not cleared to fight. Saunders asked to fight Alves's opponent and former #1 contender Jon Fitch, forcing Saunder's opponent Ellenberger out of the match.[6]

MMA recordEdit

Record Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States flag Jon Fitch UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy 2010-03-27 United States flag Newark, New Jersey, US
8-1-2 Win United States flag Marcus Davis KO (Knee) UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 2009-11-21 1 3:24 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
7-1-2 Loss United States flag Mike Swick TKO (Punches) UFC 99: The Comeback 2009-06-13 2 3:47 Germany flag Cologne, Germany
7-0-2 Win United States flag Brandon Wolff TKO (Knees) UFC: Fights for the Troops 2008-12-10 1 1:49 United States flag Fayetteville, North Carolina, US
6-0-2 Win United States flag Ryan Thomas Submission (Arm Lock) UFC 87: Seek and Destroy 2008-08-10 2 2:28 United States flag Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
5-0-2 Win United States flag Dan Barrera Decision (Unanimous) The Ultimate Finale 6 2007-12-08 3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US
4-0-2 Win United States flag Charles Blanchard Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Combat Fighting Championships 3 2007-02-17 1 0:46 United States flag Orlando, Florida, US
3-0-2 Win United States flag Kenny Stevens TKO Combat Fighting Championships 1 2006-07-15 3 3:05 United States flag Orlando, Florida, US
2-0-2 Win United States flag Rick Delvecchio KO (Kick) Absolute Fighting Championships 15 2006-02-18 1 0:56 United States flag Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
1-0-2 Win United States flag Ariel Pena Submission (Triangle Choke) Absolute Fighting Championships 14 2005-12-10 1 1:12 United States flag Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
0-0-2 Draw Argentina flag Diego Vitosky Draw Absolute Fighting Championships 12 2005-04-30 2 5:00 United States flag Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
0-0-1 Draw United States flag Crafton Wallace Draw Absolute Fighting Championships 8 2004-05-01 2 5:00 United States flag Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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