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Ben Saunders Opens Up About “Never Giving Up” After Huge UFC Return Victory


Ben Saunders (17-6-1) became the first man ever to submit another human being inside the UFC octagon by way of an omaplata. The victim was the over matched Chris Heatherly and the fight was on short notice for Saunders who was first expected to headline Titan FC 29 against Matt Riddle then against Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons.

Saunders got the call from Joe Silva and the return for Killa B was on.

After the rare submission was locked in and Heatherly tapped the mat, Saunders was awarded $50,000 in a performance bonus for his efforts.

Saunders is a frequent member of various MMA sites, one includes the Underground where he went to display his thoughts on the outcome of possibly the most memorable performance of his career.

“I could literally die tomorrow and have no regrets and feel absolutely fulfilled with what I have accomplished in my life time.

It hasn’t sunk in yet… but I am just feeling a wave of relief knowing I fulfilled my promise to myself and in doing so apparently was able to make UFC History in the process. This is the greatest end to the documentary we have been filming. I can’t imagine any better way to show how never giving up, never quitting, and doing everything it takes to fulfill your goals to reach your dreams is possible with hard work, dedication, and perseverance. It seems like this story is straight fiction. What a crazy ride this has all been!

Just know how much I appreciate you guys! Thank you so much for all the support throughout the years. Through all the highs and lows. You guys have always been there. I am forever grateful! This community is one of the greatest things MMA has ever created!”

Saunders went 4-3 in his first stint in the UFC but has gone 8-3 in his absence while competing in local promotions and mainly in Bellator to warrant another opportunity in the UFC.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.