Although a unanimous decision loss to Jon Fitch wasn’t the result he was looking for at UFC 111, Ben Saunders did the best anyone could against a world-class welterweight on less than 72 hours notice.
“Sorry everybody. I took the fight to test myself against one of the best in the world,” a disappointed Saunders stated on his Twitter. “I tried to keep the action going wherever the fight went. He did a great job at getting the takedowns and controlling the top position.
“I tried, unfortunately he is very good at what he does.”
Fitch’s wrestling looked exceptional on Saturday night. He was able to hold the deadly striker on his back for much of their contest en route to bumping his pro record to an impressive 22-3.
Despite the convincing win – on a couple of occasions – the former top contender was blasted with choruses of boos after the Prudential Center crowd felt he broke out an impromptu Lay ‘n Pray 101 session in the middle of the biggest MMA event of 2010.
Although Saunders fought valiantly, he wasn’t able to prevent Fitch from collecting his fourth consecutive unanimous decision victory, however promised to use the defeat to his advantage and return badder than ever.
“I’ll be back in the gym and refining my skills [today],” stated a rejuvenated Saunders. “I will use this as motivation and come back stronger than ever. [This is] just a bump in the road to use as a learning experience.
“I’ll be back KO’in guys in no time.”
Speaking of his next Octagon outing, expect for UFC brass to set him up nicely after bailing them out when most other welterweights would have turned deaf, dumb and blind if presented the opportunity to fight Fitch on less than three days notice.
Saunders feels sorry for his next foe, as he claims he’s focused now more than ever to reach the top of the 170-pound mountain.
“I will be a champion, there is still no doubt in my mind,” Saunders emphatically stated.