TKO (Elbows)
      The first round mostly consisted of some loose kickboxing, where both guys landed a few shots, but they were mostly just cruising at a moderate pace, not really looking to explode much. Saunders probably won the first round by moving forward. The second round had Sato dropping Saunders a minute into the round with a straight left hand, he jumped into his guard, unloaded with some big elbows, chopped up the face of Saunders, basically knocked him out, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic finish by Takashi Sato in his UFC debut.
KO (Punches)
      These guys traded some punches, they clinched, Saunders unloaded with a series of knees to the body from the clinch, Good was unloading with uppercuts inside the clinch, and after a few seconds of trading strikes in the clinch, Saunders randomly fell down, and Good knocked him out with some punches on the ground. That was a fantastic first round finish by Lyman Good, and another disappointing knockout loss for Ben Saunders.
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
      Saunders spent the first minute of the opening round circling around the outside, and then Moraes rushed in and took him down. That was an interesting round of Jiu-Jitsu, with Moraes spending most of the round on top, and he even passed to full mount with 50 seconds left in the round. He dropped back for an armbar with 10 seconds remaining, but Saunders did a great job defending. Round one goes to Moraes for sure though.
     Moraes quickly took down Saunders to start the second round, and he pinned him against the fence. He absolutely smothered Saunders for the duration of the round, and then he locked on an arm-triangle choke, finishing the fight by submission, and Moraes becomes the first fighter to submit Ben Saunders.
KO (Knee to the Body)
      These guys danced around for a minute or so, and then they ended up in a tight clinch, with both guys throwing knees, Saunders landed with a huge knee to the gut of Ellenberger, he put him down with it, Ellenberger curled up into a ball, and the fight was stopped. That was a much needed win for Ben Saunders.
KO (Punch)
      The first round started with both guys trading some hard punches & kicks, with Jouban landing a lot more frequently than Saunders. It looked like Saunders rocked Jouban 90 seconds into the round, they both kicked each other in the balls a couple of times, shit got really sloppy, both guys got rocked a few times, and then Jouban blasted Saunders with a knee that clearly rocked him, but Saunders continued to come forward, flinging wild sloppy punches. Jouban was landing the better technical strikes, and then Saunders kicked Jouban in the dick again, and this time he folded him over, so the fight was paused for a few seconds. When the fight started back up, Jouban destroyed Saunders with leg kicks, and then dropped him with a combination of punches. Saunders stood back up, and Jouban continued to chip away at him with punches & kicks. That was a sloppy but fun round, and I'm scoring it for Jouban.
     The second round started with both guys still brawling, and Jouban was pretty much destroying Saunders on the feet, but Saunders continued to plow forward, as he tried to work Jouban over with some strikes from the clinch. Both fighters looked like they were going to fall apart 2 minutes into the second round, as their legs flopped around randomly, but Jouban was clearly landing the better shots, Saunders was about to go out, Jouban kicked his leg, knocked him off balance, and then blasted him with a brutal left hand, causing Saunders to collapse in highlight reel fashion. That was a fantastic fight, probably fight of the night, and it was an outstanding victory for Alan Jouban, as he earns the much needed win against a scrappy opponent.
TKO (Knee & Punches)
      Sobotta dropped Saunders early in the first round, but he popped back up, and they reset. Saunders threw a nice combination capped off with a head kick 90 seconds into the round. These guys continued to chip away at each other with sloppy punches & kicks for most of the opening round. A small cut opened up under the left eye of Saunders, but it didn't seem to bother him too much. The fight was fairly even for the first 4 minutes, and then Sobotta dropped Saunders HARD with some brutal punches, but Saunders appeared to wake back up when his head hit the canvas. Saunders then immediately started working from his rubber guard, where he was able to land some elbows, while tying up Sobotta. I'm honestly shocked that Saunders survived that round, but he actually ended the round in a better position, as he had Sobotta locked up where he could hammer him with elbows from his rubber guard. Round one has to go to Sobotta for that brutal knockdown, but we still have a competitive fight going on here.
     They second round started with both guys trading single punches & kicks, while trying to find their range. Sobotta rocked Saunders again 90 seconds into the second round, and had Saunders running around on rubber chicken legs, but he SOMEHOW recovered again, and went back to firing back with single shots. Sobotta continued to work his jab, until eventually he knocked Saunders down again with a BRUTAL knee, he pounced on him, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. You could make an argument that the fight was stopped a few seconds too early, since Saunders jumped back up immediately, but he was ALMOST knocked unconscious multiple times in this fight, so it was probably a good stoppage. Congrats to Sobotta for a solid win against a solid opponent. I'm really starting to lose faith in the chin of Saunders though. He gets rocked way too easily, and his base isn't strong enough to keep him standing when he gets hit.
      This fight started with Saunders throwing knees, and McGee was working his dirty boxing. A small cut opened up over the left eye of McGee in the first minute of the opening round. Saunders continued to chip away at McGee with some hard knees & kicks. McGee continued to work his boxing & leg kicks. McGee kicked Saunders in the head halfway through the round, and it looked like he got rocked for a second. Saunders continued to throw some heavy kicks to the body of McGee. They both continued to trade heavy punches & kicks all the way up until the buzzer sounded. That was a close competitive round, but Saunders probably landed the bigger shots, so I scored that round for Saunders.
     The second round was another back & forth striking match, with both guys landing some hard shots. Saunders continued to land the harder kicks, while McGee continued to chip away at him with a lot of solid boxing combinations, and a lot of forward movement. They clinched for a little while, and McGee pressed Saunders into the fence. That was a close round, but I scored it for McGee. I'm assuming this fight is all tied up going into the third round, but it could be going either way.
     The final round was more of the same, with McGee still pushing forward, and he rocked Saunders with some crisp boxing, and then he took him down halfway through the round with a nice body lock takedown. McGee spent some time inside the guard of Saunders, while dropping some heavy punches, while keeping some solid control on the ground. Saunders sort of threw up a triangle choke, but McGee had both of his arms inside, so he wasn't really in any trouble. McGee broke free with 30 seconds left in the round, he postured up, and continued to work some ground & pound, busting up the head of Saunders with some heavy elbows to finish out the round. That round DEFINITELY goes to McGee, so I scored this fight 29-28 for Court McGee. The judges fucked him in the ass though, and gave the win to Ben Saunders via unanimous decision, the crowd was pretty upset, and I'm pretty pissed off too.
TKO (Punches)
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Saunders secured a takedown, but Cote showed a suprisingly dangerous guard. He went for an armbar, it looked dangerous, and Saunders slipped out, but Cote used it to get into top position, and Saunders had the butterfly guard against the cage. Cote sort of just "Ben Saunders-ed" Ben Saunders in that first round. The second round had Cote working some dirty boxing, he threw about 30 uppercuts from the clinch, put Saunders on his ass, it looked like Saunders was going to try to work his guard, but Cote was relentless, and continued to pound on Saunders, until the referee stopped the fight. That was a pretty insane performance for Patrick Cote. I'm shocked that he finished Saunders like that, beating him from inside all of Ben's best positions.
Decision (Split)
      Well shit... I was really counting on Saunders finishing this fight. The first two rounds were pretty close, with Robertson showing some solid boxing skills, rocking Saunders a few times, and Saunders destroyed Robertson's body with massive kicks, and also rocked him a little bit with some knees from the clinch. The real highlight for this fight though, was when Robertson secured a takedown in the third round, going straight into the rubber guard of Saunders, where Saunders brutalized him with elbows to the head, leaving him a bloody mess. The corner of Saunders kept yelling for Saunders to turn it into an armbar, but I don't think they could see that he had his own left arm trapped inside the triangle. It was an interesting fight overall, and to be honest, I'm a little shocked that it went to a decision. I gave the fight to Saunders, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
TKO (Neck Injury)
      Fuck man... Are you serious? After the Jamie Varner fiasco in the fight before this one, here we are again, with another Arizona guy, Joe Riggs, grabbing Saunders, trying to slam him to the ground, and Riggs tweaked his own neck on the way down, apparently his arm went numb or something, so he tapped out while Saunders had him in mission control. So, it wasn't even a submission move, it was just... a bad technique on the takedown by Riggs. What a disappointing return to the octagon since it's been 8 years since Riggs fought in the UFC. I'm glad Saunders got the win though, I've always liked him, so I hope he continues to climb up the rankings in this division.
Submission (Omoplata)
      Yeah! I've always liked Ben Saunders a lot, so was disappointed when he was released from the UFC 4 years ago. He's gone 8-3 outside of the UFC since then, so it was cool seeing him nearly rip Heatherly's arm off in the first couple of minutes of the first round. Heatherly had a solid takedown early on, since Saunders had a huge reach advantage over him, so he clearly didn't want to stand with Saunders, but apparently going to the ground with him was a bad idea as well. So yeah, awesome return for Ben Saunders!
KO (Head Kick)
      These guys spent the first round trading punches & kicks, without dealing a ton of damage either way, but the left eye of Saunder's was cut open, and his right eye was as well. So I guess I would give the first round to Lima for damage, but as far as strikes landed, it seemed to be fairly even. Saunders spent most of the second round trying to circle away from Lima's power leg, but eventually gave up on that since things were getting boring, so he decided to stand in front of him and trade, and Lima knocked him down with a big right uppercut, knocking Saunders to the ground, where Lima continued to beat on him for a few seconds, but then Saunders started working his rubber guard, looking for a submission. By this point though, Saunders had bloody all over his face, and was clearly having trouble seeing what he was doing, especially since his left eye was completely swollen shut. Lime decided to stand back up, and Saunders tried to grab one of his legs for a submission, but Lima was able to slip out, getting back to his feet. They circled around each other for another minute or so, before Lima threw a brutal punch to the body of Saunders, he grabbed his stomach, and that opened him up for the MASSIVE right head kick, knocking Saunders unconscious. ANOTHER awesome KO victory for Douglas Lima. This guy fucking slaughters people, and it's awesome.
KO (Head Kick)
      This was a decent boxing match while it lasted, with both guys maybe respecting each other a little too much, but still landing some decent combinations going both ways. The fight ended a little past the halfway mark of the first round, with a BADASS left high kick delivered by Saunders, knocking Amaya to the ground, completely unconscious. That was a fucking AWESOME head kick KO. Awesome accuracy, and awesome win for Ben Saunders.
      This fight was a pretty straight forward unanimous decision victory for Ben Saunders. He took the fight to the ground repeatedly, and beat up Adzitso with punches on the ground. Saunders also went for a few submission attempts throughout the fight. I thought Adzitso's wrestling looked pretty decent, as he was able to secure a couple of takedowns, but as usual with Saunders, whenever the fight went to the ground, Saunders would immediately start working his guard, looking for submissions. So yeah, nice win for Ben Saunders, even though I don't know who Koffi Adzitso is.
TKO (Knees)
      FUCK YEAH! After losing his last fight via decision, Saunders wasn't going to have any more of that shit, so he slaughtered Brian Warren in 22 seconds, with BRUTAL knees from the clinch, rocking Warren early, knocking him to the ground, where Saunders finished him off with a series of punches. Ben Saunders is badass when he's pissed. This fight will be awesome for his highlight reel.
      The first round of this fight was really close, with Baker showing superior wrestling skills, and some solid ground & pound. Saunders MIGHT have stolen the round with his flying triangle attempt at the start of the round, as well as a lightning fast triangle attempt while on the ground, as well as some other really solid grappling exchanges. Close round, but I scored it SLIGHTLY for Saunders. The second round was another close round, with Saunders looking for some standing guillotine chokes, as well as scoring with some solid knees from the clinch. Baker took him to the ground though, and beat him up with ground & pound, so going into the third round, I guess I would say the scorecards should be all tied up at this point. Baker pretty much dominated Saunders with his wrestling in the third round, beating him up some more on the ground, and the submission attempts were far less frequent from Saunders, so in the end, I scored the fight for Baker, 29-28, and I think most people would agree with that scorecard. Congrats for the pretty big unanimous decision victory, against a really tough opponent in Ben Saunders.
      This was another typical Ben Saunders fight, against a dude I've never heard of before, as Saunders was able to take him down repeatedly, beating the shit out of him on the ground with ground & pound in every round, and whenever Amaya was able to get on top, he consistently got caught in the dangerous guard of Saunders, where he was forced to defend against a barrage of triangle chokes & armbars. Even though Ben Saunders lost his title fight against Douglas Lima 4 months ago, Saunders still seems like the clear #2 Welterweight in Bellator right now, I don't think any of these other guys can hang with him right now. Props to Amaya for lasting the full 15 minutes, but Saunders wins via a very clear 30-27 unanimous decision.
KO (Punches)
      The first round was mostly a clinch fest up against the cage, with Saunders controlling the clinch, and Saunders using his range to pick apart Lima when they weren't clinching. Near the end of the round, Saunders threw Lima to the ground, ending up in full mount, where he beat him up for the final 30 seconds or so. Nice round for Saunders. The second round started with another clinch up against the cage, this time with Lima in control, and the referee separated them due to inactivity. Again, Lima blasted Saunders with a big right hand, knocking him to the ground, and then he knocked him out with hammerfists on the ground. Second KO victory in a row for Douglas Lima, and it's against a guy that's PROBABLY his biggest named opponent yet.
Submission (Keylock)
      This was an interesting semi-final match, with Santos spending the first half of hte first round trying to take Saunders to the ground, wasting all kinds of energy, but finally, he succeeded, and fell immediately into the rubber guard of Saunders, which lead to a triangle choke / omoplata that Saunders spent the last half of the round working for. The second round was the exact same thing, but this time, Saunders threw a kick, and slipped, so Santos jumped into his guard on the ground, and Saunders didn't even try to defend the takedown, he just went straight to his rubber guard, looking for various submissions for pretty much the duration of the round. I don't know why Santos thought it would be a good idea to stay on the ground after the way the first round turned out, but yeah, Saunders dominated him for both of the first two rounds on the ground. Santos shot for a takedown to start the third round, and Saunders sprawled, ending up on top of Santos. Santos was looking for a leg lock of some sort, but he never got close to finishing it, instead, Saunders started working toward an arm-triangle, but gave it up, in favor of a keylock, which he used to finish the fight via submission fairly early in the third round. Another really nice win for Ben Saunders.
TKO (Knee to the Body and Punches)
      Saunders started this fight off with the clinch, where he was able to slam Cisneros to the ground, where he beat him up for most of the first round, while also going for a few submission attempts. Cisneros ended up on top at one point, but that just got him caught in a triangle choke. Saunders got Cisneros back down on the ground in the second round, where he pounded him out from side mount. There were a few decent grappling exchanges there, but Saunders more or less dominated Cisneros on the ground. Saunders landed some massive knees from the clinch to start the third round, causing Cisneros to eventually collapse to the ground, where Saunders finished him off with a series of punches. That was another great win for Saunders, against another guy I've never heard of.
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
      Ben Saunders pretty much slaughtered Matt Lee in this fight. We have a UFC veteran, taking on a guy I've never heard of, so I don't think that anyone was surprised by the fact that Saunders dismantled this guy. Saunders looked awesome in the first two rounds, blasting Lee with punches, elbows, and brutal knees from the clinch, leaving them both covered in blood, but all of the blood on Saunders, as far as I could tell, came from Lee. Ben Saunders is a badass, and I'm shocked that the UFC let him go. By the end of the fight, Lee looked like he'd had his face bashed in with a baseball bat. Brutal destruction by Ben Saunders. I had a similar reaction to this fight, as I did with the curb stomp scene in American History X. I don't know if I ever want to see Lee fight again after this ass beating, I would much rather have him just take naps, and recover, for the rest of his life. Awesome showing for Ben Saunders, with the fight being stopped early in the third round due to the brutal beating, and the massive cuts above both of Lee's eyes.
     This fight was ok. For the most part, it just consisted of Dennis Hallman taking Saunders to the ground with relative ease, and unleashing some hard elbows, cutting the face of Saunders in the first two rounds. Saunders won back some points with his Muay Thai knees in the third round, but it wasn't enough to secure the victory for him, so Dennis Hallman walks away with the unanimous decision victory.
      Well, in my opinion, this was a fight between two Top 10 guys, and Jon Fitch absolutely made Saunders look like a fool. Jon Fitch took him down in all 3 rounds, completely controlled him, the crowd got bored, and Fitch won via another decision.
KO (Knees)
      BAM BAM! Ben Saunders is a beast! Marcus Davis showed some solid striking skills, but Saunders just looks WAY bigger than him, and he was able to control the fight with his Muay Thai clinch, eventually knocking Davis out in the first round with a HUGE HUGE HUGE knee to the face. Marcus Davis got DESTROYED. Ben Saunders climbs up through the rankings quite a bit with this victory in my opinion.
TKO (Punches)
      This fight was one that I was pretty excited about, but it started off a lot slower than I had expected. The first round started with Mike Swick taking Saunders to the ground (sort of), and Saunders just held on for a long time, so not much happened (except they talked shit to each other on the ground which was fun). The second round started, and seemed like it'd be more of the same, until Swick landed a great punch combination that sent Saunders to the ground, giving Swick the second round TKO victory.
TKO (Knees)
      Holy Shit! Ben "Anderson Silva" Saunders, beat the living shit out of Brandon Wolff. He locked on the Muay Thai clinch, and then unleashed 5,000,000 knees to the face of Wolff (I counted them). After Brandon Wolff's face eventually looked like it had been hit repeatedly by giant bombs, the referee eventually had to stop the fight.
     I've been a fan of Ben Saunders ever since whatever season of The Ultimate Fighter he was on. He has good standup skills with his Muay Thai, and he has some really solid Jiu-Jitsu as well. This fight started off with some decent back & forth action, Saunders getting the upperhand with most of the striking due to his reach advantage, but once the fight went to the ground, Thomas pulled guard, and Saunders had some trouble passing it. Thomas has decent Jiu-Jitsu defense, but he didn't do much to try to finish Saunders. The second round started, and Saunders continued to kick Thomas, and eventually broke him down to where Thomas sort of collapsed, at which point Saunders jumped on him, went for some crazy armlock from the back, and transitioned into a beautiful armbar forcing Thomas to submit halfway through round 2. Good fight overall, but I couldn't really care less if Ryan Thomas comes back. He's ok, but nothing special in my opinion.
      This fight was pretty good, although I'm not a fan of Dan Barrera at all... The fight basically consisted of Ben Saunders throwing some really solid kicks both to the head & body of Barrera while standing, and then Barrera would try his damndest to take Saunders to the ground, but once the fight went to the ground, Barrera basically just laid there, and Saunders dominated him with his Jiu-Jitsu defensive skills... Saunders almost knocked out Barrera a couple of times, and he came close to finishing with a few submissions throughout the 3 round fight, leading to the unanimous decision victory for Ben Saunders... I love that guy...
Decision (Majority)
      Speer shot in for an early takedown, caught a knee, and secured half mount 30 seconds into the first round. Saunders caught him in an armbar, and nearly snapped his arm, it looked like Speer was about to tap, but Speer somehow powered his way back into the guard of Saunders, where Saunders caught him in a triangle choke. Speer finally broke free 2 minutes into the round, which allowed him to work some basic ground & pound from inside the guard of Saunders. Saunders landed some decent elbows from his back, but Speer held top control for most of the round, so I can see that round going either way, depending on how the judges scored the submission attempts from Saunders.
     The second round had Speer taking down Saunders, and beating him up for most of the round from inside his guard. Saunders was able to hang in there until the end of the round, but it was a pretty clear round for Speer, as he basically just outworked Saunders with his wrestling & top control. In the end, two judges gave the fight to Speer, and the other judge declared it a draw, giving the majority decision to Tom Speer. That was a solid fight overall.
Decision (Majority)
      These guys traded some clunky looking strikes for the first 90 seconds, with Saunders using his reach advantage pretty well, until Barrera dropped him with a big right hand. He tried to get on top, but Saunders immediately grabbed for an armbar, so Barrera had to back off, letting Saunders stand back up. Saunders then landed a big kick, and knocked down Barrera with a punch, but Barrera quickly popped back up and threw Saunders to the ground again. He still didn't want to mess around inside his guard though, so Barrera just stood there, swaying back & forth until Saunders eventually stood back up. Barrera continued to move around a lot, but he looked awkward on the feet, so I thought Saunders delivered the better strikes in that round, even though Saunders had blood flowing from both nostrils. Barrera's forehead was split open too though. Close round, that could have gone either way, but I scored it for Saunders.
     They continued to brawl at a decent pace in the second round, with both guys throwing some heavy shots, but Saunders seemed to be landing more frequently. He even dropped Barrera with a heavy knee to the chin with 2 minutes left in the round. By the end of the round, I thought Saunders was pretty clearly winning the fight, and the referee almost stopped the fight with a minute left in the round, so I'm glad that two of the judges gave Saunders the decision after two rounds, even though the other judge scored the fight a draw.