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.
From Around the Web

Related News

Bellator 136 'Brooks vs. Jansen' gets five new fights

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

Bellator has updated another fight card for its 2015 season, and this time it's "Brooks vs. Jansen" scheduled for April 10th at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California. California knows how to p read news >>

Beyond the Octagon: Rick Hawn, UFC vet Uyenoyama, Yuki Kondo, and more

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC, PRIDE, and Bellator vets take to the ring. Welcome to your weekly coverage of big names on the regional circuit, belated edition! On to the results... First up is Guam's PXC 47, which last Frida read news >>

Bellator 135 predictions

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

Bellator continues its more conventional show Friday night, albeit with a card somewhat hampered by injuries. In the main event, the bantamweight title is up for grabs as champion Joe Warren tries to read news >>

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #1913 with Muhammed Lawal and Joey Diaz

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Muhammed Lawal and Joey Diaz.Filed under: Bellator, News, Radio, UFC read news >>

Bellator 134 video highlights: Daley's back, Lawal at heavyweight, new champ crowned

  • 28 days ago
  • 90 views

Bellator MMA returned on Friday, and the “British Invasion” card had big names, slick finishes and even the crowning of a new champion.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, Videos read news >>

'Rampage' Jackson slams 'coward' Muhammed Lawal for performance against Cheick Kongo

  • 28 days ago
  • 30 views

Quinton Jackson might not be in Bellator anymore, but his rivalry with Muhammed Lawal lives on. "Rampage" blasted Lawal on Twitter for his tactical performance against Jackson's friend Cheick Kong at read news >>

Video: Ken Shamrock justifies Bellator fight with Kimbo Slice – and makes a lot of sense

  • 28 days ago
  • 20 views

Ken Shamrock and Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson admit there are two primary reasons they’ve agreed to an upcoming Bellator MMA fight: It’s a chance to have fun, and it’s also a chance to make a little read news >>

Bellator 134 Results: Liam McGeary Defeats Emanuel Newton to Capture Light Heavyweight Title | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 19 views

Bellator MMA crowned a new light heavyweight champion on Friday at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut after Liam McGeary defeated Emanuel Newton by unanimous decision. read news >>

Bellator 134 results recap: Newton vs. McGeary, King Mo wants to "skip" Tito Ortiz, Daley outlasts Santos

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

The "British Invasion" took place on Friday night (Feb. 27, 2015) in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The main event featured Liam McGeary becoming the new light heavyweight champion read news >>