The UFC wasted no time in finding a legitimate replacement for Thiago Alves as his American Top Team colleague, Ben Saunders, has agreed to sub-in on less than 72 hours notice to face Jon Fitch this Saturday at “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy.”
Saunders was originally slated to fight Jake Ellenberger inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, however the opportunity to collect a victory over a fighter as accomplished as Fitch was something the 26-year-old couldn’t pass up as it would do wonders for his welterweight title aspirations.
Saunders owns an impressive 8-1-2 professional record and has posted devastating finishes in seven of those wins. “Killa B” was last seen unleashing a vicious barrage of knees on Marcus Davis at UFC 106 this past November, putting the former boxer to sleep in the first round of their tango.
Fitch owns a 21-3 professional record and was riding a 16-fight win streak into his UFC 87 title fight loss to reigning welterweight king, Georges St-Pierre.