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Bellator signs standout Dan Hornbuckle for season-two welterweight tourney

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Bellator Fighting Championships added another star to its season-two welterweight tournament with the signing of top free agent Dan Hornbuckle.

Bellator officials today exclusively revealed the signing to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Hornbuckle (19-2), whose 2009 breakout year included knockouts of Akihiro Gono and Nick Thompson in the Japanese-based World Victory Road promotion, has posted stoppages in 18 of his 19 career wins.

Bellator's season-two tournaments, which commence on April 8 with a 12-week season, are held in four different weight classes and determine No. 1 contenders for the champions who were crowned in the organization's debut season. In addition to Hornbuckle, Bellator also recently signed former U.S. Olympic wrestler and two-time NCAA Division I national champion Ben Askren (3-0) and highly touted prospect Jacob "Tick Tock" McClintock (6-0) for the 170-pound tourney.

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Post #1   12/17/09 10:53:39AM   

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Good for Hornbuckle. He looked impressive in his last two fights, and this deal with Bellator should only help him out.

I hope he stays confident and keeps improving as opposed to getting cocky and remaining stagnant. This kid is a threat and may be a real contender in the future.

Post #2   12/17/09 12:59:51PM   

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things just got a lot harder for ben askren, hornbuckle is becoming a monster.

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Post #3   12/17/09 1:06:40PM   

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It's good for Dan, he needs the experience before they put him into truley deep waters.

Post #4   12/17/09 2:57:36PM