SAUNDERS WANTS A REMATCH WITH SWICK
Thursday, November 26, 2009 - by Jeff Cain - MMAWeekly.com
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.”