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Ben Saunders Looking For a Finish at Bellator 90

February 20, 2013 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– Ben Saunders recently spoke about fighting for more finishes and more. Here are the highlights…

On Looking For More Finishes: “I was furious in my last fight and came out of the cage cursing because it went to a decision. I’m looking for a finish every time. If they make it to a decision, they definitely gain respect from me. But I definitely feel like I failed as a fighter.”

On How He Prepared For Koffi Adzitso at Bellator 86: “I didn’t know anything about Koffi Adzitso,” Saunders said. “All I can do is assume the worst. So I’m like, ‘Yo, I’m about to face the toughest guy I’ve fought in my life. I’m about to face a world champion in K-1 kickboxing, a world champion in jiu-jitsu and a wrestling All-American.’ If I don’t know anything about you, that’s definitely how I’m going in to the fight. The fact that Koffi was able to take some of the shots I gave him, he definitely had a chin and I give him mad respect. He played some good defense.”

On His Next Opponent Raul Amaya: “Amaya has the biggest heart in the world – and balls,” Saunders said. “He’s got a good chin, too. I’m not saying I took him lightly in the first fight by any means, but I do believe that I maybe had a little too much fun out there. I think I could’ve and should’ve submitted him quite a few times. At one point, I thought he tapped to an armbar, and I kind of eased up. That was pretty stupid on my part. Then I had a triangle I could have finished, and I had a whole bunch of submissions that I was throwing at him. And he hung tough. Honestly, someone with heart and a chin – those are two attributes you really have to watch out for.”

On Using His Elbows: “I could be the Jon ‘Bones’ Jones of 170 pounds, but these motherf—ers won’t let me do it,” Saunders said. “And we haven’t even seen what my elbows can really do, because I don’t want to go off in practice and hurt my teammates. So all I can do is train and practice and prepare, but the only true experience I really get to see how viciously brutal I can get with elbows is when I’m in that cage. And I haven’t been able to use elbows in most of my fights. It’s f—ing annoying, man.”



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