Ben Saunders Returns Against Chris Heatherly at UFC Fight Night 49

Written by Tom Ngo
August 11th, 2014

Ben Saunders

The UFC re-signed Ben Saunders (pictured) last week and wasted no time in issuing the welterweight his first assignment. On Monday, it was announced Saunders will welcome octagon rookie Chris Heatherly to the big leagues at UFC Fight Night Tulsa.

The August 23 event takes place inside BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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.

“Killa B” has won eight of his 11 fights since leaving the UFC.

Heatherly joins the UFC with a 8-1 (1 NC) record. July’s submission on Josh Cavan at RFA 16 earned him a crack at the big time.

Here is the event’s current lineup:

Preliminary Card:

Chris Heatherly vs. Ben Saunders

Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin

Walmir Lazaro vs. James Vick

Timothy Elliott vs. Wilson Reis

Alex Garcia vs. Neil Magny

Main Card:

Tom Niinimaki vs. Chas Skelly

Mirsad Bektic vs. Max Holloway

Francis Carmont vs. Thales Leites

Jordan Mein vs. Mike Pyle

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Benson Henderson

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