The second UFC event of 2016 is taking place at the TD Garden in Boston, and it is being headlined by the current bantamweight champion in T.J. Dillashaw, who is planning on defending his title against the former bantamweight, but never dethroned champion in ‘The Dominator’ Dominick Cruz. In the co-main event on the evening of January 17, we will have the pleasure of witnessing another former champion at lightweight, Anthony Pettis who is taking on former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, both hoping a win on Saturday will give them an opportunity to compete for the UFC gold.

On the rest of UFC Fight Night 81 card, we will have the honor of seeing heavyweights ranked in the top 15 aiming to rebound from recent losses, undefeated prospect since joining the UFC, the man with some of the biggest comeback-fights in UFC history – Tim Boetsch – against ‘Short Fuse’ Ed Herman, elite strikers put against each other with their backs against the wall in Felder vs. Cruickshank and so much more.

It is understandable that on an event like this, that a fantastic match-up with the Canadian UFC veteran and the Ultimate Fighter ‘The Comeback’ season participant Patrick Cote vs. Ultimate Fighter season 6 contestant ‘Killa B’ Ben Saunders, flies under-the-radar.

After eleven fights outside of the UFC, ‘Killa B’ returned triumphantly in Aug. 2014 with a fantastic submission that doesn’t come up as often as your rear-naked chokes or guillotines, in Omoplata, which in turn Saunders was received with open arms from all the fans who has been waiting for his return to the UFC, plus some new ones I’m certain, and with that earned himself a bonus check from the promotion of $50,000 in ‘Performance of the Night’ for his efforts. He has since coming back to UFC not lost and is currently on a three fight win streak in anticipation for his fight with Cote.

The 35-year-old Canadian has been quite impressive himself since his last return to UFC in 2012, going 5-2 in his past seven fights and is presently riding his own win-streak, after two victories opposite Josh Burkman and Joe Riggs in 2015.

Cote made his debut in the UFC octagon all the way back in 2004 (!), yes, and it was against a pretty well known guy nowadays, in Tito Ortiz. Today, on his way to become a 12-year UFC veteran, Cote have faced all kinds of different strokes inside of a cage and in multiple weight categories at that, he has seen, if not all, than most that is out there. Saunders has a well rounded game, with his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that he received from Ricardo Libório of American Top Team and dangerous Muay Thai he has worked on for years, he might not show Cote something he never seen before, but Saunders is as game any high caliber opponent out there, and gives no victories away for free.

Cote should have an advantage in the significant strikes department, although ‘Killa B’ has three less victories overall than the Canadian but has finished just as many fights as Cote via KO/TKO (9). Saunders has an overall kill-ratio of 60%, while Cote 39% ratio. The outcome is to be determined, but this fight is sure to fly under the radar.

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Christian Larusson
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Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.