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.