UFC 111: Ben Saunders Now Facing Title Shot with Win Over Jon Fitch

Tim NgoCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2010

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 21: Ben Saunders (R) battles Marcus Davis (L) during their Welterweight Fight at the UFC 106 at Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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UFC welterweight Ben Saunders was expecting to fight in a bout against Jake Ellenberger that could've put him into title contention.

Now, Saunders is poised to take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime as the UFC has asked him to fight Jon Fitch as Thiago Alves will be unable to compete on Saturday night.

With a win, Saunders has been promised a shot at the UFC welterweight champion (whoever that may be) according to TMZ.com.

The Web site reports that UFC President Dana White confirmed with them directly that Saunders would automatically become the No. 1 contender with a win over Fitch.

It's unfortunate that Alves was removed and that Ellenberger has been removed from UFC 111 altogether. But for Saunders, it's definitely a dream come true.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Fitch will still be a heavy favorite coming into the bout, but Saunders brings a level on unpredictability that could cause AKA's Fitch to get out of his game.


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