Ben Saunders was originally slated to face welterweight Martin Kampmann at “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” this Saturday, however Jake Ellenberger was forced to step-in when the Xtreme Couture fighter suffered a cut while training.
Saunders owns an impressive 8-1-2 professional record and has posted devastating finishes in seven of those victories. “Killa B” was last seen unleashing a vicious barrage of knees on Marcus Davis at UFC 106 this past November, putting the former boxer to sleep in the 1stRound of their tango.
Ellenberger dispatched Mike Pyle in the 2ndRound of their UFC 108 matchup in January. Although he dropped a close split decision to Carlos Condit at “UFC Fight Night 19” prior to the win, the performance put him on the MMA radar.
The Team Quest-trained fighter holds a commanding 22-5 mark, however was perfect through his first 12 pro contests.
Saunders is one of the world’s most dynamic strikers as the southpaw is able to bring length and angles no other 170-pounder can offer, making him very difficult to prepare for.
Expect for Ellenberger to try and close the distance to get the fight to the ground. That may be the best way for him to attack the American Top Team fighter, however Saunders is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt so he needs to be cautious there as well.
Saunders enters the Octagon a slight favorite (-150) to leave the Prudential Center victorious as Ellenberger checks in at +120.
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Tom and Franklin are analyzing each of the five UFC 111 main bouts leading up to Saturday’s extravaganza. Their coverage will resume tomorrow when they preview the co-main event between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir as they battle to become the interim heavyweight champ.
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