After being scratched from a welterweight bout against Dustin Hazelett during next month’s UFC 96 event in Columbus, Ohio, Ben Saunders is looking to make his Octagon return within the next three months.
Saunders revealed his plans while speaking during a “UFC Fight Club” question and answer session this past week in Florida, according to a report by MMAjunkie.com. The talented welterweight prospect specifically pointed to the months of April or May as a timetable for his return.
A veteran of the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Saunders stated that he would begin light training in about two weeks and then work his way back to full contact after another two weeks.
Coming off a very impressive win over Brandon Wolff on the December’s “Fight For The Troops” card, Saunders improved his lifetime UFC record to 3-0 and his overall record to 7-0-2. His other UFC victories have come against Daniel Barrera and Ryan Thomas.
The American Top Team member said he doesn’t have a specific opponent in mind but he has a ton of respect for Hazelett, who has created a nice name for himself by winning more than his share of submission of the night bonuses.