Saunders Sidelined, Scratched from Bellator’s Canadian Debut
has suffered an undisclosed injury in training and
will be unable to compete at
Bellator Fighting Championships 47
Sherdog.com confirmed the news Wednesday with a source close to the
fighter. Though Saunders had not been officially announced as a
participant in the event, the
American Top Team Orlando welterweight was expected to make his
sophomore Bellator outing July 23 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario,
Saunders’ injury is the second hit taken by the event in as many
days, as Bellator announced Tuesday that top featherweight
“Pitbull” Freire would be unable to challenge Joe Warren
for Bellator’s 145-pound title due to a broken hand.
The second event in Bellator’s Summer Series trilogy, Bellator 47
is still expected to feature both summer featherweight tournament
semifinals, as Pat Curran
meets Ronnie Mann
Sandro squares off with Nazareno
Malegarie. The July 23 event will mark Bellator’s first show on
A seven-time UFC veteran, Saunders was cut by the promotion in
August 2010 after losing three of his last four fights in the
Octagon. “Killa B” made his Bellator debut in April at
Bellator 39, where he battered Matt Lee to a
third-round doctor stoppage.
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