Ben Saunders released by Bellator


Welterweight Ben Saunders went 1-3 his last four fights in Bellator MMA:
9/20/2013 • Loss • Douglas Lima • Bellator MMA 100 • KO at 4:33 of Round 2         
2/21/2013 • Win • Raul Amaya • Bellator MMA 90 • KO at  2:56 of Round 1        
1/24/2013 • Win • Koffi Adzitso • Bellator FC 86 • Unanimous Decision     
7/20/2012 • Win • Brian Warren • Bellator FC 72 • TKO/RSC at 0:22 of Round 1

However, Saunders has been released by the Newport Beach, California based company. Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney detailed the reasoning to MMAMania.

"I've been a 'Killa B' fan for years, and Ben’s given 100 percent of his heart every single time he’s stepped into the Bellator cage," said Rebney. "After competing in three Bellator tournaments, Ben could never get to the top of that mountain, and as we continue to grow and expand I spoke to Ben and we both decided it was time to move in a different direction, so we provided Ben his complete release."

Saunders came on the UnderGround, and confirmed that he was happy with the release.

The Futue Is Bright My Friends

From: Ben Saunders's Stats">Ben Saunders
Member Since: 5/5/04
Posts: 1838

I want to thank Bjorn Rebney for letting me go. I fullfilled my contract and I wanted to be a free agent again.

Life just got interesting.... :)


No one should be feeling bad about this... it was my decision.

They originally wanted to resign me. Me and Bjorn talked. This was what I wanted & he obliged. My relationship is still good with them and I was given the option to resign if I choose to. We left on a good note. I just felt the need to have control over my own Destiny. :)

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1/18/14 11:26 PM by Killa B 4eva

Yes,he absolutely was. He has a assive fan base because of his personality, brutality, heart and promotion by TUF, UFC Bellator and being the only guy to proudly rep Jeet Kune Do concepts in MMA.

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12/4/13 1:16 AM by ender852

The only time I ever watched a bellator prelim was when they didn't put Ben on the main card, and then he got a crazy finish and they put it on TV anyway!

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12/3/13 3:09 PM by pegson123

Stupid. He was one bellator name I would tune into

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12/3/13 1:43 PM by UGCTT_THE Kevin Chandler

You fucking rape choke your own destiny, bro. Always a Killa B fan and will ALWAYS pay for a Killa B fight.

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12/3/13 1:02 PM by KZTT_FawkingxD

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12/3/13 12:15 PM by lordbreakdown

Bens one of those fighters, like Chris Leben, that you don't even look at or really care what the record is because you like watching the way they fight so much. In a way that's probably more profitable than a really good record of boring fights. I'd love to see the soccer kicks too!

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12/3/13 12:04 PM by chew22

Thx for the post killa b keeps everyone from bagging on Bellator too much and we need more competition in promotions not monopoly. Always a fan - and will always watch a killa b fight.

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12/3/13 10:22 AM by Coconut Pete

Always will be a fan of Killa B, just a plan nice guy and a hell of a fighter.