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Dan Hornbuckle vs. Tyler Stinson set for Bellator welterweight tourney with Sean Pierson injured

Dan "The Handler" Hornbuckle

CHICAGO (April 12, 2010) — Tyler Stinson, the 24-year-old winner of Bellator Fighting Championships’ Kansas City tryout has been added to Bellator’s eight-man welterweight tournament, replacing Sean Pierson, who was forced to withdraw because of a serious knee injury suffered in training.

Stinson (16-5) will face knockout artist Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle (19-2) in a first round bout at Bellator 15 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., on April 22.

“I feel really badly for Sean. He’s a great guy and this was a tremendous opportunity for him that he was totally focused on. Hopefully, when he rehabs his knee, we can get him back fighting at Bellator. At the same time, I’m happy that we can provide this chance to Tyler and that he was ready to step up and take advantage of this great shot,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Tyler caught our eye at our open tryout. He’s hungry and he can fight, which could make for a very interesting fight with Dan.”

Stinson was originally scheduled to participate in a Local Feature Fight against Demi Deeds at Bellator’s April 29th event at the Kansas City Power & Light District. A replacement for Stinson in that fight will be announced soon.

For more information, please visit Bellator.com.

3 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    That guy looks like something out of a video game.

    Sucks to have an injury take you out of once in a lifetime opportunity like this, but hopefully Bellator or another promotion will find a spot for Pierson to find out if he really could have made it.

  • Guthookd says:

    That’s really too bad for Pierson. Opportunity lost.

    On another note,,,holey shit! Dan looks like another person. He did not look anthing like that the last couple times I saw him fight. I hope he tests clean…..that would be an even worse way to loose an opportunity.

    WAR BELLATOR!!! Keeping MMA fans awake late on Thursday nights!

  • Rece Rock says:

    BFC!
    The Handler looks like he hangs with Shannon Moore ( TNA Wrestler)…

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