It has been almost 12 years since Ben “Killa B” Saunders (19-6-2) made his professional debut against Crafton Wallace at Absolute Fighting Championships 8 on May 1, 2004, and if he has his way, he will fight for 12 more years. No, Saunders did not win his professional debut against Wallace as the fight finished in a draw, but it was definitely the beginning of something special. Saunders didn’t win his next fight either, also finishing in a draw, but from there he would reel off four straight victories and earn himself a spot on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra. Though Saunders did not win the Ultimate Fighter, he did show UFC brass enough to get a fight on the Finale episode. Saunders capitalized on his opportunity, and defeated Dan Berrera by unanimous decision. Saunders would follow that victory up with two more over Ryan Thomas at UFC 87 and Brandon Wolff at UFC Fight for the Troops before suffering his first loss at the hands of Mike “Quick” Swick at UFC 99; by then a star was already born.

Saunders earned a reputation with both the UFC brass and the division as a fighter that will fight anyone at any time, regardless of who it was. He was also building a solid reputation as a dynamic MMA fighter that would not lay down for anyone. This was proved when he stepped up to fight Jon Fitch on short notice at UFC 111, a time when nobody else would take the fight. Saunders would lose by decision, but again he continued to prove that he would soon be one of the world’s elite MMA fighters.

Some may look at Saunders’ record 19-6-2 and call him a journeyman, but that would only mean that they don’t know anything about Ben Saunders. Over his 12 years in MMA, Saunders has perfected his own style of martial arts, his own body movements, his own type of jiu jitsu and put it all together creating a style of martial arts that people can’t stop. Since returning to the UFC, Saunders has won three straight fights and looks to make it four when he fights Patrick “The Predator” Cote (22-9) this Sunday at UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz.

Saunders recently sat down with Josh Davis of TheMMACorner.com and Press Box Insider Radio to discuss his thoughts on his upcoming fight with Cote, how he has been able to create his own style of mixed martial arts as well as his thoughts on the division.

To listen to the full interview with Ben “Killa B” Saunders click here.

To listen to the full episode of Press Box Insider hosted by Josh Davis click here.

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.