Former UFC competitor Ben Saunders has been released from Bellator. He released the news via Twitter. Still a relatively young fighter, Saunders competed in the Bellator tournament three times and made it to the finals twice. Each time he reached the finals, he was beaten by Douglas Lima.
Saunders tallied a 7-3 record in Bellator. Of those seven victories, four came by either KO or TKO. He was knocked out twice by Lima and lost a unanimous decision to Bryan Baker. Saunders will now look for greener pastures elsewhere.
Prior to signing with Bellator, Saunders had a seven-fight stint with the UFC in which he went 4-3. During that time, his most significant victory came when he knocked out Marcus Davis in the first round in 2009. His three losses came at the hands of Mike Swick, Jon Fitch and Dennis Hallman.
Despite a rocky career in the Octagon, Saunders did rebound in Bellator. He is a decently well-known fighter, and his efforts in Bellator only helped the lanky welterweight. With the welterweight division quickly becoming the star division in the World Series of Fighting, it is possible that Ray Sefo could extend a contract offer to Saunders.
It would be an excellent move for both involved if Saunders got a chance to compete in the WSOF cage. He would have a steady diet of decent competition with no worries of constant wear and tear on his body, as it was with the tournament format of Bellator.
Even if Saunders doesn’t end up in WSOF, there are several other options for him in the MMA world. With a 16-6 record and only 30-years old, it’s certain someone will pick up Saunders.