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Ben Saunders Discusses His Latest Shot in a Bellator Tournament

January 22, 2013 | Posted by Larry Csonka

- Ben Saunders recently spoke about entering his third Bellator tournament and more. Here are the highlights…

On Entering His Third Bellator Tournament: “I’m trying to make it a show like always. But I could go out there, knock the dude out in the first minute, but break my foot on his face doing so. That’s where the luck could play a factor, no matter what the skill. Above everything, it’s mentally grueling, and it’s a mind game.”

On His Bellator 57 Loss to Douglas Lima: “I thought I won the first round; the second round, I think I lost focus,” he said. “I think I got a little frustrated because I wasn’t being as dominant as I wanted to be, and I tried to go for the one-shot knockout, and he did the same, and he connected. That was a stupid maneuver on my part, which I admit was lack of focus for a split second, and that’s all it takes. My energy levels weren’t where they needed to be,” Saunders said. “I’m not going to make any excuses on why. All I will say is that I gave a lot into that first round, and then going into the second and third, I didn’t have anywhere near as much as I have in every other fight. He wasn’t doing anything crazy or special to really (take me to) a fatiguing level, but you live and you learn. Hopefully, I can go through this tournament with the knowledge and experience to not make both of those mistakes.”

Credit: mmajunkie.com

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