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Ben Saunders triumphant in return to the ring

This past Saturday night marked the first time Ultimate Fighter Season 6 contestant Ben Saunders had fought outside of the UFC in more than three-and-a-half years, and, in a form similar to that making him a fan-favorite during his run in the Octagon, he walked away victorious after unleashing a number of weapons in his stand-up arsenal.

Saunders, who was released by the UFC after being outpointed by Dennis Hallman at UFC 117, laid opponent Elijah Harshbarger out in the first round of their headlining bout at World Extreme Fighting’s event in Kissimmee, Florida, with a barrage of punches, knees, and kicks eventually forcing his 5-1 foe to tap from strikes.

“Killa B” improved his professional record to 9-3-2 with the win and also broke a two-fight skid involving his disappointing performance against Hallman, as well as a decision-loss to Jon Fitch from UFC 111. Saunders has only been finished a single time in his career (by Mike Swick) while avoiding the judges’ scorecards in eight of his nine total wins. His most notable showing to date came against always-tough Marcus Davis, who the 27-year old American Top Team member TKO’d with a knee three minutes into their bout at UFC 106.