Ben Saunders (pictured) has been granted his wish. After a chat with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, the two have decided to amicably part ways.
“I want to thank @BjornRebney for letting me go,” Saunders posted on his Twitter account. “I fullfilled my contract and I wanted to be a free agent again. The future is bright! :)”
Saunders joined Bellator in April 2011, posting a 7-3 record during his run with the promotion. The 30-year-old was most recently knocked out by Douglas Lima in September.
Given his game and name he built for himself during his tenure in the UFC, Bellator wanted to retain his services. However, Saunders managed to convince Rebney that it was time to go.
“No one should be feeling bad about this… it was my decision,” Saunders later added on The Underground Forums. “They originally wanted to re-sign me. Me and Bjorn talked. This was what I wanted & he obliged.
“My relationship is still good with them and I was given the option to resign if I choose to. We left on a good note. I just felt the need to have control over my own Destiny.”
“Killa B” owns a 16-6-2 professional record. Possible suitors are World Series of Fighting and One FC, among others.