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Bellator 57's Ben Saunders to clash with 'teammate and neighbor' for tourney title

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Ben Saunders 10 71%
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It's Florida vs. Georgia, but don't confuse it for the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party."

That doesn't mean there won't be plenty of cocktail consumption (albeit indoors around a cage) while a border war between Ben Saunders (12-3-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) and Douglas Lima (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BFC) plays out inside it.

The two square off in the season-five welterweight tournament finale at Saturday's Bellator 57 event, which takes place on neutral ground at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.

The main card airs live on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX) while Spike.com streams the prelims. Co-headlining the event, which airs at a special time of 7 p.m. ET/PT, is the middleweight tournament final between Alexander Shlemenko (42-7 MMA, 6-1 BFC) and Vitor Vianna (12-1-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC).

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Post #1   11/10/11 10:40:21AM   

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I think Saunders is making a case to get back into the UFC. Couple more wins and Dana will want to sign him back. I would love to see him come back and fight Dan Hardy someday.

Post #2   11/10/11 11:38:32AM   

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Posted by Theoutlaw08

I think Saunders is making a case to get back into the UFC. Couple more wins and Dana will want to sign him back. I would love to see him come back and fight Dan Hardy someday.



Its nearly impossible to go from Bellator to the UFC. If he loses to Lima the UFC will be uninterested in him. If he beats Lima and then wins the title shot, he's locked into Bellator until he loses.

The only scenario I can think of where he can get out of Bellator for the UFC would be by losing a controversial decision or losing by injury in a fight he was winning.

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Posted by FlashyG


Posted by Theoutlaw08

I think Saunders is making a case to get back into the UFC. Couple more wins and Dana will want to sign him back. I would love to see him come back and fight Dan Hardy someday.



Its nearly impossible to go from Bellator to the UFC. If he loses to Lima the UFC will be uninterested in him. If he beats Lima and then wins the title shot, he's locked into Bellator until he loses.

The only scenario I can think of where he can get out of Bellator for the UFC would be by losing a controversial decision or losing by injury in a fight he was winning.



Good call i didnt think of that. I just what i want to say is, i would like to see him back in the UFC some day

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I wish they never cut him in the first place. He was (and still kinda is) pretty green in the ufc and had room for tons of improvement. I will NEVER forget those knees he unleashed on Brandon Wolff. Nasty, nasty clinch work.

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Post #5   11/10/11 1:00:46PM   

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i have a feeling Lima will take this via decision. fighting Jon Fitch really wasnt a smart move on his part at that point in his career (i believe he had to replace Fitch's original opponent?). he is 4-3 in the UFC and probably should have gotten one more fight against a Doomsday type fighter, but it would be nice for him to get back to the big show

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i went with saunders. hes been lookin pretty good lately. getting cut from the ufc woke him up i guess.

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Post #7   11/11/11 1:37:15AM