(Courtesy of Bellator.)
Bellator Fighting Championships announced the signing of Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle, named the “Best Welterweight You’ve Never Heard Of” in the Dec. issue of FIGHT! Magazine. According to the press release, Hornbuckle will compete in Bellator’s upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament alongside fellow recent Bellator signees Ben Askren and Jacob McClintock.
From the press release: “I want to be a guy who people bring up whenever they talk about MMA,” Hornbuckle said. “I want to be the name that all the guys on the construction sites are talking about the morning after a big fight.”
If Hornbuckle comes up big in the Bellator tournament, he just might be able to leave the construction site himself; the Eastern Band Cherokee tribesman currently works as a union sprinkler-fitter in Mahomet, Ill. where he lives with his wife Melody and three young daughters.
(Hornbuckle KO’s Akihiro Gono at Sengoku 9. Courtesy of Bellator.)