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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-26-2009, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Saunders wants to rematch Swick

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Fresh off his knockout win over Marcus Davis at UFC 106, Ben Saunders would like to avenge the only loss on his record by getting a rematch with Mike Swick.

“I would love a rematch with Mike Swick,” Saunders told MMAWeekly.com content partner TapouT Radio. “If it was up to me, without a doubt Mike Swick would be my next fight. I would get that loss off my record.”

Saunders was defeated by Swick at UFC 99 in June by technical knockout, but the Floridian revealed he had injuries going into the fight and would like the opportunity to compete against American Kickboxing Academy trained Swick under different circumstances.

“We had a game plan and everything set up. Mentally I was feeling phenomenal. Physically I was in the best shape of my life. Then I ended up getting cracked ribs before that fight, so it kind of changed everything,” said Saunders. “I had to change my game plan up pretty much spur of the moment just how the fight would go to see what I could and could not do with my situation.

“Anybody that’s seen my jiu-jitsu, not saying that Swick isn’t a good quality opponent, but he ain’t no jiu-jitsu black belt. He’s not known for being so ridiculously dominant on the ground,” added the 26-year-old fighter. “I couldn’t really do anything. I felt like a turtle upside down. Even though I had all these techniques in my mind of what I wanted to do off my back, physically I felt I was unable to perform any of it.”

Saunders explained his financial situation at the time influenced his decision to go ahead with the fight, instead of backing out due to the injured ribs.

“What it came down to was financially I had to fight,” he said. “I got an injury two days before flying out to Germany. It was unprofessional on my part. It was kind of a messed up situation where I didn’t really know what to do or how serious the injury was completely before flying out. I just did what I felt was best for me and the UFC.

“I didn’t even have enough money to pay my bills the next month. I had three fights in the UFC, but that Swick fight would have been two years since I joined up with them. I quit my job. This is pretty much what I do for a living. They pay me well, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to fight as much as I wanted to,” continued Saunders. “I got that Hazelett fight that they set me up with and I broke my toe. I ended up re-breaking it two or three months later and it put me out all the way to June.”

Saunders blames himself for accepting the fight when he was injured and takes nothing away from Swick’s win.

“Props to him none the less because he came out and did what he was supposed to do. He came out and fought me and beat the Ben Saunders that was put in front of him, but I just wish I would have been able to fight him under other circumstances,” stated Saunders.

“It was unprofessional on my part to even take that fight. It was a bad choice. I thought I’d still be able to go out there and still win.”
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I'm not a big fan of rematches like this, because I believe it's very unfair to the man who won the first fight. But Saunders did look really good against Davis, whom Swick beat.

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Im also not crazy about rematches until it has been awhile and the fighters have had a chance to change up there games, like when Rampage and Wandy fought for the third time. Swick and Saunders fought pretty recently and Saunders got owned. Saunders looked good against Davis, but I think he is gonna look good against any fighter that he is much larger then, just like when he fought Brandon Wolfe. I would like to see Saunders fight Anthony Johnson next, that would be an interesting fight.
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I have no interest in a rematch. Saunders looked great against Davis but I don't think Swick plays right into his hands and allows the knees from the clinch so easily. I think Swick takes it again tbh.

I'd like to see Saunders show more strengths from different areas than just knees from the clinch in his next fight. He'll probably have to because every opponent will be looking out for it now.

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I wouldnt mind seeing the rematch - but its a bit soon

I would rather see Swick vs Rumble Johnson - both lost their last fights and this would put the winner back in the running with a good victory. Plus it would be a great fight.

Saunders i would match up with either Dustin Hazlett or Matt Brown.
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Not sure whether to believe all that but if its true thats in bad taste. If they ever do fight again I hope Saunders smashes Swick, but I doubt he would.
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i always respect a fighter that wants to avenge his losses asap. Gotta win a few to earn it, but considering Swich lost.... who knows.
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Saunders was Scheduled to fight Hazelett a while ago, if he wants to fight more often he could take that fight for one of the coming events, it would be a welcome addition me thinks.



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I would also love to see Swick vs Johnson. Hardy definitely showed for sure that Swick has horrible striking defense. Johnson would put Swick to sleep imo.
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I don't care to see a rematch...Right now Saunders has impressed me with the two brutal KO wins that sanwhich the Swick and I was shocked at how quickly he wilted in the Swick fight and I am willing to listen to his excuse.

I would rather see Saunders prove the swick fight was a fluke through more KOs generally. He has some of the most devastating MT knees which are just f**king entertaining to watch. Im on the Saunders Bandwagon!

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I don't care to see a rematch...Right now Saunders has impressed me with the two brutal KO wins that sanwhich the Swick and I was shocked at how quickly he wilted in the Swick fight and I am willing to listen to his excuse.

I would rather see Saunders prove the swick fight was a fluke through more KOs generally. He has some of the most devastating MT knees which are just f**king entertaining to watch. Im on the Saunders Bandwagon!
This. I've been a big fan of Saunders since TUF, and I want to see a rematch with him and Swick, but not quite yet.




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