With Bryan Barberena injured, Ben Saunders in against Jake Ellenberger

With Bryan Barberena injured, Ben Saunders in against Jake Ellenberger

Longtime UFC veteran Ben Saunders has stepped in to replace an injured Bryan Barberena in a scheduled June 1 bout against Jake Ellenberger.

“Killa B” will face “The Juggernaut” at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York in the welterweight scrap.

Saunders is riding back-to-back knockout losses to Alan Jouban and Peter Sobotta.  His last win came over Court McGee in January 2017.  Saunders was originally a cast member on the Ultimate Fighter season 6 and has been with the UFC organization since 2007.

Marine Corps Veteran Ellenberger is also facing the same fate of two losses in a row.  His come at the hands of Mike Perry and Jorge Masvidal.  Ellenberger began his UFC career run in 2009.

Headlining the event, which airs live on FS1, is a clash of bantamweight contenders between Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes. Tickets go on sale on April 6.