rick-hawn-3.jpgWith injuries forcing Matt Riddle and Mark Scanlon out of Bellator MMA’s Season 9 welterweight tournament, Rick Hawn (15-2 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) and Ron Keslar (9-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) have stepped in to the bracket’s eight-man field.

Both compete at Friday’s Bellator 100 event, which takes place at Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University Arena and airs on Spike TV. Hawn meets Herman Terrado (11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a welterweight tourney opening round bout, while Keslar faces Luis “Sergio Junior” Melo (29-11-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).

Bellator officials today announced the change in plans.

“We are only three weeks into our season, and it’s no secret our tournaments have been hit hard with injury,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “With that said, it speaks to the depth we’ve created here to be able to add in talent like Rick Hawn and Ron Keslar less than a week before the fight. This is still an incredibly deep field of talent, and Friday should be a great night of fights.”

Hawn is a former Bellator welterweight tournament finalist who dropped to 155 pounds in a successful bid for the company’s Season 6 lightweight tourney. He faced lightweight champ Michael Chandler in January but was submitted in the second round. He returned to 170 pounds in April and earned a knockout win over Karo Parisyan.

Meanwhile, Keslar is an American Kickboxing Academy product and three-time Strikeforce veteran who fights for the first time under the Bellator banner. He brings a four-fight win streak to the promotion.

With the changes to the lineup, the Bellator 100 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7:30 p.m. ET)

For the latest on Bellator 100, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Rick Hawn)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator inks multi-fight deal with UFC lightweight veteran Melvin Guillard

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

Melvin Guillard is headed (back) to Spike TV. The hard-hitting "Young Assassin," who made a brief (and turbulent) pit stop in World Series of Fighting (WSOF) in 2014, has inked a multi-fight, multi-y read news >>

Veteran slugger Melvin Guillard signs with Bellator

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

Veteran lightweight slugger Melvin Guillard, who’s recently competed for the UFC and WSOF, has signed with Bellator MMA.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, WSOF read news >>

Jon Jones, rash of injuries leave UFC in flux ahead of marquee events (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

From Yahoo Sports: UFC 187 was supposed to be an immaculate event but circumstances have changed that drastically. read news >>

Jon Jones, rash of injuries leave UFC in dire straits ahead of marquee events (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 118 views

From Yahoo Sports: UFC 187 was supposed to be an immaculate event but circumstances have changed that drastically. read news >>

Trading Shots: Are frequent, depressing injuries just a fact of MMA life?

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

In this week’s Trading Shots, Danny Downes and Ben Fowlkes look at the continuing trend of high-profile injuries forcing late changes to major UFC fight cards, and wonder whether there’s any end in s read news >>

Bellator signs K-1 World GP champion Ewerton Teixeira

  • 25 days ago
  • 9 views

Bellator has added a Brazilian heavyweight to its roster. Ewerton Teixeira, Winner of the K-1 World GP in 2008 and world champion in kyokushin, has signed a deal with Bellator, sources close to the s read news >>

Dana White Video: Talks Training Injuries, New UFC Rehab Facility

  • 26 days ago
  • 22 views

UFC president Dana White talks about the need for fighters to change their training methods and the rehab facility the company is building. read news >>

Gustafsson injury forces him off UFC: Berlin, Jedrzejczyk vs Penne is the new main event

  • 27 days ago
  • 10 views

The injuries keep rolling, as the Swedish light heavyweight drops out of his fight with Glover Teixeira due to injury and the card gets a title fight as the new main event The UFC announced that the read news >>

Bellator tourney winner 'Frodo' Khasbulaev signs with WSOF, promotion seeks opponent

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Bellator MMA Season 8 featherweight tournament winner Magomedrasul Khasbulaev has signed a multi-fight deal with WSOF, and the promotion is now seeking an opponent to face him at June’s WSOF 21 event read news >>