Ben Saunders Granted Release From Titan Fighting Championship, Signs With UFC


Ben Saunders is headed back to the UFC. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com


Ben 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 Aug. 29.

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.

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