will return to Bellator
in 2012 as a lightweight.
Sherdog.com confirmed Saturday with a source close to the fighter
that Season 4 welterweight tournament finalist Hawn will make the
drop to 155 pounds in order to compete in the Chicago-based
promotion’s sixth-season lightweight draw. MMAJunkie.com first
reported the news on Saturday morning.
Bellator’s sixth season is expected to host at least four
tournaments, with eight-man brackets in the lightweight,
welterweight, middleweight and featherweight divisions. A fifth
weight could be added to the season, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney has
stated, but it is unknown at this time which weight class is being
considered for that slot.
An American judo representative at the 2004 Olympic Games, Hawn
suffered the first loss of his MMA career when he was bested in the
Season 4 welterweight finals by Jay Hieron
this past May.
Prior to that setback, Hawn had been perfect through eleven
professional outings. After earning an impressive knockout victory
Maynard in his 2010 Bellator debut, the 35-year-old outpointed
fellow judoka Jim
Wallhead and onetime welterweight champion Lyman Good to
advance to the tournament final.
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