A recent report by MMA Mania has indicated that Bellator has decided to release one of its top welterweights.
The promotion’s CEO, Bjorn Rebney, has confirmed that UFC veteran Ben Saunders (16-6-2) has been released from the promotion.
Here is Rebney’s statement according to MMA Mania:
“I’ve been a ‘Killa B’ fan for years, and Ben’s given 100 percent of his heart every single time he’s stepped into the Bellator cage. After competing in three Bellator tournaments, Ben could never get to the top of that mountain, and as we continue to grow and expand I spoke to Ben and we both decided it was time to move in a different direction, so we provided Ben his complete release”
Saunders began fighting under the Bellator banner in 2011. During his stint in the promotion, he won seven fights and dropped three. In his most recent bout, he suffered a devastated knockout loss by Douglas Lima in the second round via head kick.
Even though he has a good record, Saunders has never been able to pass the threshold to be considered an elite. As of yet, the thirty year old American Top Team fighter has not made any announcements as to which promotion he will sign with next.