Bellator veterans Dan Hornbuckle (22-4) and Lyman Good (11-2) will finally face off next month at Bellator 44 after mutually successful runs in the promotion’s previous welterweight tournaments never quite led to a pairing in the cage. In addition to the standard pressure a bout brings the match-up will also serve as an eliminator for participation in next year’s 170-pound field.
“Good vs. Hornbuckle is a fight a lot of MMA fans, myself included, have wanted to see for quite some time,” said Bellator head Bjorn Rebney in a press release on the upcoming fight. “These two guys have Bellator in their blood, and on May 14 one will move into our next tournament and one will go home.”
Both Good and Hornbuckle are coming off losses in this season’s welterweight tournament with the former falling to finalist Rick Hawn by Split Decision and the latter suffering a surprise outpointing at the hands of Brent Weedman. It’s a performance Hornbuckle has vowed to avoid a repetition of even if an undisclosed illness affected his training for the quarter-final fight.
“There’s no excuse for my loss to Weedman,” he explained. “It’s my fault for not pulling the trigger. I can only be mad at myself for not taking the opportunity to finish the fight. No more of that. This fight with Lyman, the proof will be in the pudding – mark my words. Just watch, as soon as that bell rings, I’m going to be sprinting dead at him and I’m going to put my knee dead in his face.”
Bellator 44 is set for May 14 in Atlantic City at Caesar’s and will feature a superfight between middleweight champion Hector Lombard and Falaniko Vitale as well as the Season 4 Lightweight Tournament final between Patricky Freire and Michael Chandler.
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