One of Bellator's best and most intriguing signings, "Killa B" Ben Saunders has signed on with the number three promotion in mixed martial arts. The American Top Team product is a rangy fighter with a devastating clinch, well-timed jab and possesses underrated takedown defense.
He won't compete in the welterweight tournament, but hopefully they'll find a way to get him an eventual fight with Ben Askren. Saunders would provide a very sturdy test for the rising Askren, although it's not clear that fight would do much to move the needle on that organization's brand awareness.
From the Bellator press release:
Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the singing of seven-time UFC veteran Ben "Killa B" Saunders to its already stacked welterweight roster. Although Saunders will not participate in the upcoming Welterweight Tournament, "Killa B" will make his Bellator debut during Season 4. Bellator Season 4 airs LIVE on MTV2 beginning Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 9 pm.
A veteran of the sixth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Saunders enters Bellator with a 9-3 professional record, with eight of his nine victories coming by way of knockout, TKO or submission. "Killa B" holds notable victories during his time spent in the UFC over the likes of Marcus "The Irish Hand Grenade" Davis, Bellator veteran Ryan Thomas, and Brandon Wolff. In his last outing, Saunders scored a decisive first-round submission due to strikes over Elijah Harshbarger last November. With momentum and a wealth of experience on his side, Saunders is eager to face any and all in his path.