Ben Saunders vs. Douglas Lima

15:07

Season 8’s Welterweight tournament comes down to Saunders and Lima.

HERE WE GO.

IT'S OUR TALE OF THE TAPE,

>> LOOK AT THE REACH

ADVANTAGE, SEVEN INCHES FOR

BEN SAUNDERS.

WILL HE USE IT TO KEEP THE

HARD HITTING DOUGLAS LIMA AT

A DISTANCE?

THAT MAN, BEN SAUNDERS VS.

HIS FRIEND, DOUGLAS LIMA,

BUT THE FRIENDSHIP JIMMY

ABSOLUTELY ON HOLD RIGHT

NOW.

ROUND NUMBER ONE.

>> YOU WON'T FIND TWO MORE

LIKEABLE GUYS IN ALL OF MMA.

ALMOST A SHAME TO SEE THEM

FIGHTING, BUT I'M SO EXCITED

ABOUT THIS FIGHT TONIGHT.

>> BEN SAUNDERS IN THE BLACK

TRUNKS, DOUGLAS LIMA IN THE

WHITE TRUNKS.

>> WILL BEN SAUNDERS USE

THAT JAB EFFECTIVELY?

A LOT OF THE TIMES, HIS

AGGRESSION TAKES AWAY THAT

REACH ADVANTAGE.

HE'S ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD.

THAT TAKES AWAY YOUR REACH.

>> REACH FOR SAUNDERS, WOULD

YOU SAY POWER IN STRIKE TO

GO LIMA?

>> YEAH, DEFINITELY HAS MORE

ONE SHOT POWER, WHERE BEN

HAS THE ONE SHOT FINISHING

POWER IS WITH HIS FEET, VERY

ACTIVE WITH HIS KICK.

THAT WILL PUT YOU DOWN.

>> ACCURATE KICK THERE.

THAT WAS ON THE KNEECAP.

>> LIMA TARGETING LOW.

>> BEN SAUNDERS LIKES A

SLICE YOU UP, WEAR YOU DOWN

FINISH.

LIMA HITS YOU ONCE, YOU

DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE.

ASK CHRIS LOZANO.

HE ONLY NEEDS ONE.

>> RIGHT-HAND FROM LIMA BUT

NOT LANDING.

SAUNDERS TRYING TO STEP INTO

THAT POCKET.

>> ONCE AGAIN, IS THAT A

MISTAKE?

SHOULD BE ON THE OUTSIDE

THROWING THAT JAB, MAKING

LIMA COME TO HIM, MAYBE

REACH FOR THAT RIGHT HAND.

>> SIDE KICK, BODY KICK BY

LIMA THAT LANDED.

>> THOSE KICKS ARE HARD.

WE CAN FEEL THEM FROM WHERE

THEY ARE.

>> FIGHTERS THROWING AND

LANDING EFFECTIVELY WITH

THEIR PICK.

>> RIGHT HAND TO THE BODY.

>> KICK CAUGHT.

SAUNDERS CLOSING DISTANCE

IMMEDIATELY.

>> QUICKLY GIVING UP ON THAT

SINGLE LEG.

>> KNEE TO THE SIDE BY

SAUNDERS.

KNEE TO THE STOMACH BY

SAUNDERS.

>> LITTLE CUT OVER THE LEFT

EYE OF BEN SAUNDERS DOESN'T

LOOK BAD.

>> I TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE,

THE CONFIDENCE OF THE EDGE

OF KNOWING, I'VE BEEN HERE

BEFORE.

THESE GUYS HAVE TRAINLD

TOGETHER.

>> JUST MISSED FROM

SAUNDERS.

>> BOTH FIGHTERS IN ROUND

NUMBER ONE OPENING UP WITH

THE KICK.

>> YOU SEE THE BLOOD ON THE

SHOULDER OF DOUGLAS LIMA.

MAN, LOOK AT THAT KICK.

>> AND HIGH AND TIGHT FOR

DOUGLAS LIMA.

HANDS FOR SAUNDERS.

THAT'S LIMA LANDING WITH THE

LEFT.

>> HIGH INSIDE SIDE KICK

LANDED BY SAUNDERS.

>> CLOSE FIRST ROUND, VERY

MUCH UP FOR GRABS.

>> THE STEP OF SAUNDERS.

HE HAS THAT HEAD KICK.

THAT'S A CRUSHING KICK THERE

BY LIMA.

>> BLOCKING WITH HIS ARM.

DIDN'T LAND FLUSH.

>> STILL SHOOK HIS ENTIRE

BODY AND HIS FACE.

>> ON THE INSIDE RIGHT,

SAUNDERS COMING IN.

I THINK LIMA IS FINDING HIS

RANGE A LITTLE BIT BETTER

NOW.

STAYING OUT OF THAT CLINCH.

>> 40 SECONDS REMAINING,

ROUND NUMBER ONE.

>> NICE CHECK.

NOT A LOT OF GUYS DO.

>> REFEREE JASON HERZOG

LETTING THE ACTION FLOW.

>> NO REASON TO STEP IN.

BOTH GUYS VERY BUSY.

>> VERY BUSY, HIGH TEMPO,

HIGH PACE.

FINAL SECONDS OF ROUND

NUMBER ONE.

SCHEDULED FOR THREE ROUNDS

IN THIS WELTERWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FINAL.

[BELL]

>> ROUND NUMBER ONE IN THE

BOOKS.

FOLLOW BEN SAUNDERS INTO HIS

CORNER AND LISTEN IN.

>> SIT DOWN, MAN.

GIVE ME YOUR MOUTH PIECE.

>> BEN.

LISTEN, MAN.

WE ARE FOLLOWING HIM AROUND

A LITTLE BIT.

[SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE]

>> I WANT LEAD HERE.

I WANT THE HOOK.

I WANT THE KICK COMING

BEHIND IT.

OK?

I WANT A CLEAN KICK OFF THE

REAR LEG.

I WANT YOU PRESSING THE

ACTION.