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Ben Saunders happy with jiu-jitsu brown belt but still focused on MMA career

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An airline ticket to the mat spelled success for UFC welterweight Ben Saunders (8-1-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Saunders, 26, received a long-delayed brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu from coach Ricardo Liborio on Wednesday and was hip-tossed to seal the deal. Usually, jiu-jitsu promotions come with a run through a gauntlet of dojo members who whip the lucky contestant with their belts. This time, a takedown sufficed.

Saunders, a flagship member of American Top Team's Orlando branch, said he was honored by the promotion and would work towards a black belt as his fight career allowed.

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Post #1   1/21/10 9:02:55AM   

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im a huge saunders fan. i love that armbar he hit at UFC 87 from the sprawl basically.

and his knees of wolff and KO of davis makes him look even more impressive.

i think we are going to see saunders in the UFC for a long time.

Post #2   1/21/10 5:04:47PM