Following back-to-back unanimous decision losses to Dennis Hallman at UFC 117 and Jon Fitch at UFC 111, Ben Saunders (8-3-2, 4-3 UFC) has been released from his UFC contract. The American Top Team welterweight confirmed the news on his Twitter page, where he wrote the following:
Sorry everyone I tried to fight my best these past two fights but ended up getting out worked… the UFC has officially cut me… the good news is they told me to work on my wrestling and ground game and then come back… So that is all I am going to be doing… improving dramatically and show them I belong. It was a honor to fight for the @UFC and I will make it back into the mix in due time… no one ever said my dream of getting that belt would be easy… in fact I was denied it as even a possibility and told I was crazy since I was a kid… look how far I have gone feeding off the doubters and haters… it just makes me that much more hungry… I’ll be back! There isn’t a doubt in my mind.
Much respect to Swick, Fitch, and Hallman as they were the better men on those nights and have my full respect. To fight such names is a true honor… now to continue my journey like a ronin searching for the battle that awaits me… it will come and I will be ready… till then I will not stop training and improving myself as a martial artist and human being. Life is nothing but a longterm learning experience… I have learned enough to consider myself a veteran… now to continue my progress and look towards what the future holds for me… staying positive in negative times has been the hardest tests I have ever faced but I have been through harder times and have fought my way through… this is no different… To Joe Silva, Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, and the whole staff of the UFC it was good times and I look forward to seeing you all again in the future..
Saunders first joined the UFC through TUF 6, where he took decision wins over Dan Barerra in the house as well as at the TUF 6 Finale. He went on to score stoppages over Ryan Thomas and Brandon Wolff before getting TKO’d by Mike Swick at UFC 99. His one-round smash-up of Marcus Davis at UFC 106 was his last victory in the UFC.