Ben Saunders
Killa B

USA

Added to UFC 245
WelterweightUFC
August 25, 2019
Saunders will take on Matt Brown in a welterweight matchup at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
In this battle of past-their-prime fighters, Saunders will enter on a three-fight losing streak, sporting a 1-5 record overall in his last six. Brown, on the other hand, picked up a win against Diego Sanchez in his last trip to the Octagon, which was all the way back in November of 2017. He had been on a three-fight losing streak prior to that. Brown is a higher-volume striker, who also has a significantly greater wrestling game to speak of. Saunders has just a 63 percent takedown defense, but will enter with two-inch advantages in both height and reach.
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Falls in second round
WelterweightUFC
April 27, 2019
Saunders lost to Takashi Sato via TKO (strikes) at 1:18 of Round 2 at UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Saunders looked to have everything in place after a productive first round where he dominated in the striking department, but it all fell apart early in the second. He was dropped with a straight left, and while he tried his best to keep Sato in his guard, the younger fighter started to rain down elbows that Saunders couldn't overcome. Saunders showed that he could still be a competitive fighter early, but this will go down as the 36-year-old's fifth loss in his last six fights.
Handed 90-day medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
November 6, 2018
Saunders was handed a 90-day medical suspension following his loss to Lyman Good on Saturday, mmafighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Saunders fell early in the match, getting knocked out by a punch to the chin just 1:32 into the first round. He'll now be unable to fight until early February.
Falls to 1-4 in last four fights after KO loss Saturday
WelterweightUFC
November 3, 2018
Saunders lost to Lyman Good via KO (punches) at 1:32 of Round 1 at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
In for an injured Sultan Aliev on short notice, Saunders probably wishes he never accepted this one. "Killa B" was using his long frame to land powerful knees in the clinch along the fence, but he left his chin exposed and Good connected with a short right hand that turned out his lights. While he has had an underrated career, the 35-year-old Floridian is now 1-4 in his last five fights dating back to May of last year and he's been stopped in all of those bouts. There isn't much reason for the UFC to keep running him out there.
Submitted for first time in long career Saturday
WelterweightUFC
September 22, 2018
Saunders lost to Sergio Moraes via submission (arm-triangle) at 4:42 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Long known for his excellent ground game, this was the first time in Saunders' 14-year professional career that he was submitted. Saunders could never get going in a fight in which he was out of sorts from the start. His size and length advantage was of no use against the craftier Brazilian. Saunders is now 1-3 in his last four fights dating back to May of 2017.
Added to Sao Paulo card
WelterweightUFC
July 30, 2018
Saunders will take on Sergio Moraes in a welterweight matchup at UFC Sao Paulo on Sept. 22, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Saunders snapped a two-fight losing streak with a vicious, body-shot KO against Jake Ellenberger in June, and the UFC will do him no favors with his next matchup. "Killer B" will now head to Brazil to face a Brazilian native in Moraes who is 7-1-1 in his last nine bouts, with his only loss coming to top welterweight contender Kamaru Usman. In this matchup, Saunders will sport a two-inch height and five-inch reach advantage, but there's no guarantee he can use that large frame to his benefit like he did against the fading Ellenberger. Look for Moraes to enter as a slight betting favorite in his home country, though it's still a winnable fight for Saunders if he's able to keep the fight at a distance.