Ben Saunders Says He Didn’t Need The Lima Rematch
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.20.2013
They face off tonight at Bellator 100…
- Ben Saunders recently spoke about tonight's rematch with Douglas Lima. Here are the highlights…
On Not Needing to Rematch Lima: "I haven't lost any sleep over my last fight with Douglas because he's a teammate of mine. I felt like that fight was a group effort and ATT was going to win either way. I would have been fine if I never had a rematch with Douglas. It wasn't a rematch I needed. It wasn't like, 'Oh man, I need to get that one back!'. Any other defeat, absolutely, but Lima, not so much. I didn't really care."
On He And Lima Being Different: "I've heard people say that Lima's style is similar to mine and he's like my shadow, and man, f--k that!" said Saunders. "There ain't a motherf---er in the game like me. I'm my own being. There isn't a motherf---er in the world like me. Now I just have to go out there and prove why I believe I'm one of the best in the world."
On Not Fearing Lima: "You just can't fear Lima, and I never did," Saunders said. "I never did. I'm the only guy that ever forced him to go backwards. You look at every other fighter he's ever fought and they're all running like a scared little b---h! It actually f---ing pisses me off. It drives me crazy because they're in this tournament and nobody's fighting the motherf---er! What the f--k is that? You're not going to win if you're scared and you fight scared. I've watched all of his fights and everyone is constantly moving away from him. But here's the thing, man, I think all of those fighters were scared because they knew they weren't on his level. At least the guys I fought in the tournament clenched their mouthpieces and came at me. Those motherf---ers were trying to take my head off."
On How He Feels Heading Into The Fight: "I definitely feel more dangerous than I've ever felt before in my career," he said. "Looking back on my career, I know I didn't put all of my effort into it early on. I'm doing everything right now because I can't afford to come up short. Lima's got time, I don't. In my opinion, he's still got a few years before he even hits his prime. I just turned 30, man. F--k this. I don't know how many more years I have left in the game."