Rick Hawn Withdraws from Bellator Tourney: Citing Injury
By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Bellator Fighting Championships standout Rick Hawn (11-1 professional record, 3-1 promotional record) has been forced to withdraw from Bellatorâ€™s forthcoming season five welterweight tournament. The talented Judo practitioner cites a knee injury as his reasoning for stepping away from the tournament.
Hawn, who has proven his mettle quite impressively by defeating former champion Lymon Good and Jim Wallhead; an extremely close bout with Jay Hieron only further cemented his status as a genuine threat to all Bellator welterweights.
According to Hawn, who took to his twitter account last evening, the injury will likely see the surging prospect sidelined for several months.
Initially scheduled to clash with UFC veteran Ben Saunders in the tournaments opening round. Whether or not a replacement for Hawn will be found in time for Bellator 54, which unfolds on September 10th from the Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, remains to be seen. Given Bellatorâ€™s growing roster, and knack for finding last minute replacements, itâ€™s probably safe to assume a worthy opponent will fill the void to meet Ben Saunders.
Weâ€™ll keep you updated as the news rolls in!
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