|Born||April 13, 1983|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
|Other names||Killa B|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||in (197 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team (2006-present)|
Gracie Barra Orlando (2004-2005)
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Libório|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: January 20, 2010
Benjamin Saunders (born April 13, 1983), is an American mixed martial artist who currently fights in the Welterweight division of the UFC. He was a featured fighter on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra, fighting on Team Serra. A professional competitor since 2004, Saunders has also formerly competed for Bellator.
Saunders was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he lived until he was in the third grade when he moved to Coral Springs, Florida. Saunders parents were divorced, and as a result he lived with his father. His older brother, Jacob, who practiced karate, helped teach his younger brother about the martial art. His twin brother, Joe, is a former member of the Florida Legislature. When Saunders was eight years old, he had a friend who was learning Tang Soo Do, which the two soon began practicing daily. However, due to poor financial status Saunders was unable to pay for legitimate instruction. At the age of 14, Saunders began training in Jeet Kune Do and worked at fast food restaurants so that he could pay the tuition. He worked out with his J. P. Taravella High School wrestling team where he learned wrestling techniques in exchange for submission techniques that he knew. Saunders, although not an instigator of street fights, did not back down from challenges and was also involved in countless street fights while growing up. At the age of 18, Saunders told his parents that he was leaving for Valencia College, when in fact he was going to train with Din Thomas to become a professional fighter.
Saunders defeated Dan Barrera in the first round of the competition by majority decision. Saunders reportedly contracted influenza after the Barrera bout. Despite the illness, Saunders competed in the quarter-finals against Tom Speer, losing via unanimous decision.
Saunders defeated Dan Barrera at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Finale by unanimous decision.
In his second career UFC fight, Saunders defeated UFC newcomer Ryan Thomas by armbar in the second round.
In his third career UFC fight he fought Brandon Wolff, defeating him in the first round via TKO with knees from the Thai clinch, landing 42 knees on his opponent. This left Wolff's face a bloody and swollen mess. After the bout many comparisons were made between him and Anderson Silva, who is also known for his Thai clinch prowess.
Saunders' next fight was supposed to be at UFC 96 against Welterweight standout Dustin Hazelett, but due to injury Hazelett pulled out of the match. Saunders was then set to face UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan. However, Saunders later pulled out of the match due to an injured foot.
On February 28, 2009, it was confirmed that Saunders would be facing Mike Swick at UFC 99. Saunders was defeated by Swick by TKO in the second round. As Swick struck, Saunders ducked into Swick's striking range every time which essentially cost him the fight.
Saunders was expected to face off against top ten welterweight Martin Kampmann at UFC 111 in March. However, an injury forced Kampmann off the card and Saunders was set to face Jake Ellenberger. On March 25, 2010, news broke that Thiago Alves's pre-fight CT scan found an irregularity in his brain, and he was not cleared to fight. Saunders asked to fight Alves's opponent and former #1 contender Jon Fitch, forcing Saunder's opponent Ellenberger out of the match. Saunders lost to Fitch by unanimous decision.
On February 3, it was announced by Bellator that they had signed Saunders to compete in their Welterweight division. Although he will not be a part of the Season Four Tournament, Saunders fights aired live on the main card.
At Bellator 39 Saunders defeated Matt Lee by TKO (doctor stoppage) in the third round after brutalizing Lee in the clinch with knees and elbows for most of the fight.
Saunders was expected to face Rick Hawn at Bellator 49. But Hawn later pulled out of the bout due to a knee injury. Saunders instead fought replacement Chris Cisneros. Saunders won by TKO in the third round.
In the semifinals, Saunders faced Luis Santos at Bellator 53. After getting taken down in the beginning of the first round, Saunders controlled the round by stifling Santos' offense and going for many submission attempts, transitioning from the reverse triangle to the omoplata. The second round played out in similar fashion with Saunders almost getting an omoplata and a carni on two separate occasions. Saunders eventually submitted his opponent via americana armlock transitioning from an arm triangle attempt while in half guard in the third round.
Saunders was scheduled to face Douglas Lima in a rematch in the tournament final at Bellator 93. However, Lima broke his hand so the match was rescheduled for later this year. Saunders eventually faced Lima on September 20, 2013 at Bellator 100. He lost the fight via knockout due to a head kick in the second round. After the loss, Saunders was released from the promotion.
In June 2014, Saunders signed with Titan Fighting Championships. For his first fight with the promotion, Saunders was scheduled face UFC veteran Matt Riddle for the vacant TFC Welterweight Championship at Titan FC 29 on August 22, 2014. Riddle, however, withdrew from the bout and was replaced by MMA veteran Jose Landi-Jons. However, that fight was cancelled when Titan FC granted Saunders permission to return to the UFC.
On August 7, 2014, it was announced that Saunders would return to fight for the UFC. Saunders faced promotional newcomer Chris Heatherly on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 49. He was successful in his return, winning the fight in the first round with the first successful omoplata submission in the UFC. The impressive victory also earned Saunders his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Saunders faced Jake Ellenberger on June 1, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 131, replacing an injured Bryan Barberena. Saunders won the fight by TKO due to a knee to the liver and punches. This win earn him Performance of the Night award.
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||22 wins||13 losses|
|Loss||22-13-2||Matt Brown||KO (elbow and punches)||UFC 245||December 14, 2019||2||4:55||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||22-12-2||Takashi Sato||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Jacaré vs. Hermansson||April 27, 2019||2||1:18||Sunrise, Florida, United States|
|Loss||22-11-2||Lyman Good||KO (punches)||UFC 230||November 3, 2018||1||1:32||New York City, New York, United States|
|Loss||22-10-2||Sérgio Moraes||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders||September 22, 2018||2||4:42||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||22-9-2||Jake Ellenberger||TKO (knee to body and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes||June 1, 2018||1||1:56||Utica, New York, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||21-9-2||Alan Jouban||KO (punch)||UFC on Fox: Emmett vs. Stephens||February 24, 2018||2||2:38||Orlando, Florida, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||21-8-2||Peter Sobotta||TKO (punches and knee)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||May 28, 2017||2||2:29||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||21-7-2||Court McGee||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Penn||January 15, 2017||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||20-7-2||Jacob Volkmann||Submission (armbar)||Fight Night at the Island||September 9, 2016||1||0:17||Welch, Minnesota, United States|
|Loss||19-7-2||Patrick Côté||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz||January 17, 2016||2||1:14||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||19-6-2||Kenny Robertson||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2||July 25, 2015||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||18-6-2||Joe Riggs||TKO (neck injury)||UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic||December 13, 2014||1||0:57||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||17-6-2||Chris Heatherly||Submission (omoplata)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos||August 23, 2014||1||2:18||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||16-6-2||Douglas Lima||KO (head kick)||Bellator 100||September 20, 2013||2||4:33||Phoenix, Arizona, United States||Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Final|
|Win||16-5-2||Raul Amaya||KO (head kick)||Bellator 90||February 21, 2013||1||2:56||West Valley City, Utah, United States||Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||15-5-2||Koffi Adzitso||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 86||January 24, 2013||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 8 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||14-5-2||Brian Warren||TKO (knees)||Bellator 72||July 20, 2012||1||0:22||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||13-5-2||Bryan Baker||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 67||May 4, 2012||3||5:00||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||13-4-2||Raul Amaya||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 63||March 30, 2012||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||12-4-2||Douglas Lima||KO (punches)||Bellator 57||November 12, 2011||2||1:21||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Final|
|Win||12-3-2||Luis Santos||Submission (americana)||Bellator 53||October 8, 2011||3||1:45||Miami, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||11-3-2||Chris Cisneros||TKO (knee and punches)||Bellator 49||September 10, 2011||3||0:29||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Bellator Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||10-3-2||Matt Lee||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 39||April 2, 2011||3||1:24||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||9-3-2||Elijah Harshbarger||Submission (punches and elbows)||WEF: Saunders vs. Harshbarger||November 6, 2010||1||4:21||Kissimmee, Florida, United States|
|Loss||8-3-2||Dennis Hallman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 117||August 7, 2010||3||5:00||Oakland, California, United States|
|Loss||8-2-2||Jon Fitch||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 111||March 27, 2010||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||8-1-2||Marcus Davis||KO (knees)||UFC 106||November 21, 2009||1||3:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||7-1-2||Mike Swick||TKO (punches)||UFC 99||June 13, 2009||2||3:47||Cologne, Germany|
|Win||7-0-2||Brandon Wolff||TKO (knees)||UFC: Fight for the Troops||December 10, 2008||1||1:49||Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||6-0-2||Ryan Thomas||Submission (armbar)||UFC 87||August 10, 2008||2||2:28||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||5-0-2||Dan Barrera||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs Team Serra Finale||December 8, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4-0-2||Charles Blanchard||Submission (armbar)||Combat Fighting Championships 3||February 17, 2007||1||0:46||Orlando, Florida, United States||Won the CFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||3-0-2||Kenny Stevens||TKO (punches)||Combat Fighting Championship 1||July 15, 2006||3||3:05||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||2-0-2||Rick Delvecchio||KO (head kick)||Absolute Fighting Championships 15||February 18, 2006||1||4:31||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||1-0-2||Reggie Pena||Submission (triangle choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 14||December 12, 2005||1||1:12||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Draw||0-0-2||Diego Lionel Vitosky||Draw||Absolute Fighting Championships 12||April 30, 2005||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Draw||0-0-1||Crafton Wallace||Draw||Absolute Fighting Championships 8||May 1, 2004||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|