Bellator MMA's Ben Saunders on His Long-Awaited Rematch with Douglas Lima This Weekend at Grand Canyon University Arena

Ben Saunders is ready to get into a fight this weekend. More than ready, in fact. The mixed martial artist is scheduled to face off against fellow welterweight combatant Douglas Lima during the headlining bout of the nationally televised Bellator MMA event on Friday night at Grand Canyon University Arena. And it's a battle that's been more than seven months in the making.

The fighters were originally set to square off early this year in the final match of one of the renowned MMA promotion's regular tournaments. Then a few injuries suffered by Lima caused the donnybrook to be delayed. Twice. It's been a frustrating situation for Saunders, who says he's more than ready to scrap with Lima (who originally beat him when they fought back in 2011) and hopefully earn the Bellator tournament win that's eluded him.

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