Ben Saunders Returns to UFC

Written by Tom Ngo
August 7th, 2014

Bellator UFC Ben Saunders

Former UFC star Ben Saunders (pictured) hasn’t been seen inside the octagon since dropping a unanimous decision to Dennis Hallman at UFC 117. That will soon change.

According to MMAFighting, Saunders was released from his contractual obligations with Titan FC and will be allowed to rejoin the UFC.

Saunders was slated to headline Titan FC’s August 22 show against fellow former UFC fighter Matt Riddle for the welterweight title. However, Saunders was able to execute the “Zuffa clause” in his deal, which allows him to bounce if the UFC came calling.

The fine print was that if the UFC’s offer came 30 days prior to a scheduled Titan FC bout, the promotion would have to give their consent. Titan FC COO Lex McMahon gladly did so, wishing Saunders nothing but the best on his way out.

“We wish Ben all the best,” McMahon told MMAFighting. “No one is a bigger Ben Saunders fan than me, and I want him to see him do great in the UFC. Our motto will always be, ‘Fans, Fighters First.'”

Saunders emerged onto the MMA scene as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 6″ back in 2007. He posted a 4-3 mark under the UFC’s watch and was let go in August 2010 after dropping two straight scraps.

The 31-year-old was most recently granted his granted his release from Bellator MMA after getting knocked out by Douglas Lima last September. He went 7-3 for the company, but was never able to win one of their welterweight tournaments to secure a title shot.

The UFC rarely signs fighters coming off a loss, but it appears they made the exception for “Killa B.”

Saunders owns a 16-6-2 overall professional record.

No word when Saunders will make his comeback bout with the UFC.

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