Having parted ways with Bellator, Ben Saunders is returning to action in Titan Fighting Championships.
The promotion announced today that the welterweight veteran has joined their roster on a multi-fight deal, which company president and CEO Jeff Aronson discussed with MMA Fighting:
"He will debut in a monster fight," Aronson told MMAFighting.com. "I can't express how excited I am to get this signing done. Ben is the best welterweight free agent out there and the fans have been all over me to get it done, so in Titan fashion #FansFightersFirst."
Saunders (16-6-2) fought 7 times in the UFC, compiling a 4-3 record before his 2010 release after losing to Dennis Hallman. The highlights of Saunders' UFC career included a barrage of knees vs. Brandon Wolff that left Wolff with a blimp-sized forehead, as well as becoming the first man to KO Marcus Davis (also with a brutal knee attack). Saunders later signed with Bellator, where he twice made the welterweight tournament final, but fell short both times against current champion Douglas Lima.
The 31-year-old is expected to make his promotional debut on the TitanFC 29 card, which is slated for either late May or early June. It's a great signing for Titan FC, who acquire an exciting and quality fighter who is just about always entertaining and frequently produces violent finishes. You can also consider this a potential route back to the UFC for Saunders, who is in an organization that is willing to let its fighters go to the UFC if they come calling, and with a 7-3 post-UFC record combined with whatever he can do in TItan, there's a chance that "Killa B" will be back in the Octagon somewhere down the road.