The Ultimate Fighting Championship has decided to release Ben “Killa Bee” Saunders from his contract.  Saunders was a contest on the Ultimate Fighter Season 6 and won over fans with his personality and fighting style.  Though Saunders did not win the show, he did earn himself a spot with the UFC.  Saunders started his UFC career with three straight victories over Dan Berra at Ultimate Finale 6, Ryan Thomas at UFC 87 and Brandon Wolff antUFC Fight for the Troops.  After his strong start in the UFC Saunders was not only considered to be one of the rising stars in the middleweight division, he was also mentioned as a possible title contender.  Saunders was on his way to becoming one of the true stars in the UFC and then things began to change.  Over the past two years, Saunders has posted a 1-3 record in the UFC with his lone win coming over Marcus Davis at UFC 106.  Even though Saunders won this fight via knockout in the first round, it did not overshadow the three defeats that he suffered to Mike Swick at UFC 99, Jon Fitch at UFC 111, and most recently Dennis Hallman at UFC 117. Saunders has never shied away from a fight and always wanted to fight the best fighters possible.  Saunders even asked for the Fitch fight after Fitch’s original opponent was forced out of the bout due to injury.  It was this type of attitude along with his octagon ability that made Saunders a fan favorite.

Saunders stated through his twitter account “the UFC has officially cut me… the good news is they told me to work on my wrestling and ground game and then come back… So that is all I am going to be doing… improving dramatically and show them I belong. It was a honor to fight for the UFC and I will make it back into the mix in due time.”  Saunders had this to say to all of his fans and supporters “To all my fans I thank you all and promise no matter where I go or who I fight I will be making the biggest and loudest noise I can, letting it be known I am still here working harder than ever and will never give up…I will prove my worth and make my return to the UFC.”  There is little doubt that UFC fans have not heard the last from Ben Saunders.  Saunders has a strong heart and a significant will to win and be the best he can be and it is this attitude that will bring him back to the UFC.

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