UFC 117: Ben Saunders Cut from the UFC Following Loss to Dennis Hallman

Colton WhittemoreCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2010

Ben Saunders, just after kneeing Marcus Davis into unconsciousness.
Ben Saunders, just after kneeing Marcus Davis into unconsciousness.Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

In a seemingly shocking turn of events, Ben "Killa B" Saunders- TUF 6 alum and standout welterweight- was cut from the UFC after his shocking loss to low ranked veteran Dennis Hallman.

This is a strange turn of events for the UFC.

Instead of giving Saunders one more chance against a fighter making his debut, or a mid-level guy coming off a loss, they decided to release him from the active roster.

Despite his flaws in the ground game, Saunders was a noted striker and is the only man to have ever knocked out Marcus Davis. His UFC record stood at 4-3 at the time of his release.

Some notable wins for him include Brandon Wolff, Ryan Thomas, and Marcus Davis. Saunders has lost three out of his last four, including a KOTN against Mike Swick at UFC 99.

What's next? Saunders will have plenty of options open to him in the coming days. He can try and work his way into Bellator in time for Season Four. Shark Fights is always looking for new talent, and the MFC is always ready to accept UFC castouts.

This is likely not the end of Saunders' UFC career. With a few more wins, he could posssibly get re-signed.


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