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Ben Saunders
Born April 13, 1983 (1983-04-13) (age 26)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Other names Killa B
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division 170
Reach 77.5 in (197 cm)
Style Jeet Kune Do
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida
Team American Top Team
Rank      brown belt in BJJ
Years active 2004–present
MMA record
Total 11
Wins 8
By knockout 4
By submission 3
Losses 1
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 20, 2010

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]

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Mixed martial arts

Ben began training in Martial Arts at a young age starting with Jeet Kune Do. Saunders began training in BJJ with the gi in 2003 and on Jan. 16, 2010, he received his brown belt.[2]

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The Ultimate Fighter

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 Championship

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 resulted in Wolff's face being 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.

Ben 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 is now set to face Jake Ellenberger.[5]

MMA record

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

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