Bellator Fighting Championships has bolstered their welterweight roster with the announcement on Thursday that they have signed former UFC fighter Ben Saunders.
While Saunders will not be competing in the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament, he will be competing at some point during season 4 of their programming, which kicks off March 5 from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in California and airs on MTV2.
Saunders comes to Bellator after winning his first fight following his UFC release in 2010. Saunders defeated Elijah Harshbarger at a WEF show in November 2010.
Prior to that win, Saunders had dropped two fights in a row prompting his release from the UFC. The American Top Team welterweight was a highly touted prospect following his time on the sixth season of the “Ultimate Fighter”.
“I’m here to test myself against anyone that they throw against me,” said Saunders. “I want to be the best. I want to be a champion, and that’s my goal. I’m here to kick some ass, make some money, and take a belt along the way.”
Saunders enters a tough welterweight division with another tournament upcoming which includes former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Jay Hieron, as well as former Bellator champion Lyman Good. The Bellator welterweight division is currently anchored by champion Ben Askren.
Saunders will make his Bellator debut in the coming months.