Former lightweight tourney winner Rick “Genghis” Hawn is going to make another run at winning a Bellator welterweight tournament, as the promotion has announced he’ll replace the injured Mark Scanlon. Hawn is doing so on short notice, as the competition gets under way this Friday at Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University Arena on September 20th.
The 37 year-old vet and decorated Judo competitor was quoted saying in a press release from Bellator:
“I’m just excited to back in the Bellator Tournament again and looking forward to fighting at welterweight and making a run in this tournament. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. The field is really deep this season, I know it’s going to be a tough road.”
Hawn is coming off a second round knockout of UFC vet Karo Parisyan in April, after being submitted by lightweight champion Michael Chandler in January. Hawn, who also trains out of Tristar, scored wins over Ricardo Tirloni, Brent Weedman and Lloyd Woodard to lock up a title fight with Chandler.
Bellator has also announced that due to Matt Riddle’s withdrawal because of a rib injury (and subsequent retirement), Ron Keslar has agreed to fill in and take on Sergio Junior in the tourney’s opening round.
Here is the updated line-up for this Friday’s card, which as always, will be broadcast on SPIKE. Stay tuned to Caged Insider for all your Bellator news.
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Final: Douglas Lima (24-5) vs. Ben Saunders (16-5)
Bellator Welterweight Opening Round: War Machine (13-4) vs. Vaughn Anderson (16-1-1)
Bellator Welterweight Opening Round: Rick Hawn (15-2) vs. Herman Terrado (11-2)
Bellator Welterweight Opening Round: Brent Weedman (21-8-1) vs. Justin Baesman (14-3)
Bellator Welterweight Opening Round: Ron Keslar (10-3) vs. Sergio Junior (29-11)
Bantamweight Tournament Semifinal: Travis Marx (20-4) vs. Brandon Bender (11-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Bubba Jenkins (4-0) vs. LaRue Burley (2-0)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Beau Tribolet (7-2) vs. Liam McGeary (4-0)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mighty Mo (3-2) vs. Dan Charles (6-0)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Johnny Buck (12-8) vs. Adam McDonough (8-0)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Joe Yager (5-2) vs. Clifford Starks (8-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Efrain Escudero (19-7) vs. Zack Surdyka (5-1)