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November 24, 2009 2:16 PM

Ben Saunders emerges at UFC 106

After UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin was over and done with, the cage side seats were being stacked on their carriers and the stage crew could be seen dismantling the octagon, Ben "Killa B" Saunders emerged as perhaps the biggest winner.

Sure Josh Koscheck took down surging welterweight Anthony "Rumble" Johnson with a rear naked choke submission victory, but that win is somewhat diluted by the controversial stoppages throughout the fight. And yes, Forrest Griffin bounced back after a brutal loss to Anderson Silva with a win over Tito Ortiz but then again Ortiz hasn't even won a fight in over three years and that was against an over-the-hill Ken Shamrock.

No, the real winner of UFC 106 was Saunders, 26. Coming off a disappointing loss to Mike Swick, Saunders (8-1-2) was itching to prove that performance was not characteristic of his abilities against his new opponent Marcus Davis and he certainly did that.

Saunders dismantled Davis with a barrage of knees and kicks to the face. The first round knockout left Davis with a cut and badly swollen face and wondering where he was.

Against Davis (16-6), Saunders used his superior size, which at 6'3" in the welterweight division is gigantic. And despite being as tall as he is, he still is a solid 170 lb fighter unlike, say, Dustin Hazelett who matches that height but not the solidity of Saunders.

He outboxed the boxer, Davis in the opening minutes but that wasn't good enough for the Orlando native. Saunders wanted to show off his improving clinch game which is his trademark and that is just what he did.

When the opportunity presented itself, Saunders got the 5'10" Davis in his brutal clinch and assaulted Davis with a barrage of knees to the body and the head. The last two of which put Davis on queer street to end the fight.

Saunders became the first fighter to stop Davis in his career and not only that, he did it in the first round.

If Saunders hadn't grabbed the attention of the UFC and the top welterweight fighters with his brutal beating of Brandon Wolff earlier this year, then he certainly did with his stoppage of Davis. And with that, only big things will come for the 26 year old who has all the talent in the world to be the next great welterweight in mixed-martial arts.

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