Saunders is headed back to the UFC. | Jeff
Saunders is heading back to
Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Following his release from Bellator
MMA, Saunders subsequently signed with
Titan Fighting Championships and was booked to fight Matt Riddle
for the promotion’s inaugural welterweight title at Titan FC 29 on
When Riddle withdrew due to injury, Jose
Landi-Jons was announced as his replacement, but after problems
arose with Landi-Jons securing a visa to fight in the United
States, the UFC stepped in.
According to a report from
MMAFighting.com, all fighters under contract with TFC have a
"Zuffa clause," which allows fighters to leave the promotion if an
opportunity arises with the UFC. If a fight has already been
scheduled within the next 30 days, Titan must allow the fighter to
leave the promotion, which Titan did with Saunders.
Saunders' last appearance came at Bellator 100 back on Sept. 20,
2013, wher he lost in devastating fashion to Douglas
Lima in his third attempt at the 170-pound title.
With a record of 16-6, it will be interesting to see what the
future holds for Saunders, 31, especially in the UFC. “Killa B”
went 4-3 in his seven fights under the UFC banner.