Saunders shines in first post-UFC bout


Former UFC welterweight Ben Saunders got back in the win column on Saturday night, striking his way to a decisive first-round victory over Elijah Harshbarger for the World Extreme Fighting promotion in Kissimmee, Fla.

Competing for the first time since his August release from the UFC, Saunders spent the early going defending takedown attempts from the clinch, but soon created distance and zapped Harshbarger with a stiff right hook. When Harshbarger attempted to lure Saunders into his guard, Saunders motioned him back to his feet, where “Killa B” proceeded to pour on a barrage of knees and kicks. After a flurry of punches opened a cut on Harshbarger’s face and left him trapped at the base of the cage with Saunders pummeling from above, the “Ameri-jitsu” inventor was forced to submit just four minutes into the opening round.

“I hit him with a right hand that cut the left side of his eye,” Saunders said. “My corner -- [Ricardo] Liborio and Ralph Acosta -- was saying ‘elbows, elbows!’ So, I elbowed him and passed his guard to the side, some more elbows, and he tapped to strikes.”

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jaypatino site profile image  

11/9/10 1:49 AM by jaypatino

Dominating fight, Ben. Was glad to see you using the takedown defenses you learned to a tee. WAR ATT!!!

stlnl2 site profile image  

11/8/10 5:54 PM by stlnl2

The WEF, that run by Jamie LEvine still, or am I getting promotions mushed together?

MMA Scraps Radio site profile image  

11/8/10 5:53 PM by MMA Scraps Radio

 Great job Ben! Ben made a surprise call into the show last night.  Tons of fun talking to Killa B! Link here

biggator site profile image  

11/8/10 5:41 PM by biggator

 ATTaboy kill b. lol at hes smellin tha blood

bakalol site profile image  

11/8/10 1:13 PM by bakalol

First, become strikeforce champthen re-join UFC

Swock Breath site profile image  

11/8/10 1:00 PM by Swock Breath

'Atta boy B.    

Justinmacd site profile image  

11/8/10 12:03 PM by Justinmacd

Saunders is a prime example of how not to handle a fighter.Putting him in against Fitch WAY too early in his career was stupid. He's a beast and just needs to keep improving with progressively harder competition.

n3m site profile image  

11/8/10 11:57 AM by n3m

 Hope to see you back in the UFC .Ben

THE Kevin Chandler site profile image  

11/8/10 11:51 AM by THE Kevin Chandler

Love Killa B, great to hear about the win. You are, and always will be, a fan favorite. And we all look forward to seeing you're awesome chops back in the octagon.I agree, just string a few wins together that makes the UFC go "wait...why the F*CK did we cut this guy?!" (...which they should've been saying already)

steverowbotham site profile image  

11/8/10 11:31 AM by steverowbotham

Nice! He'll be back in the UFC again soon