Dan Hornbuckle has been on a tear and that success has landed him a spot in the upcoming welterweight tournament of Chicago/Los Angeles  based MMA promotion Bellator Fighting Championships.

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The Total Fight Challenge and Ironheart Crown veteran is coming off two solid performances for the Japanese promotion Sengoku.  He knocked out two very experienced opponents in Akihiro Gono and Nick Thompson.  The downstate Illinois native was regarded as one of the top free agent welterweights on the market.

Known as “The Handler,” Hornbuckle could get some good exposure in the US market if he continues to knock people out.  In 2010 Bellator’s fights will air on Thursday nights on Fox Sports Net.  In addition to the cable deal, the second-year promotion will also enjoy network TV exposure through a weekly late-night half-hour highlight show on NBC.

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Chicago’s MMA was there last February when Hornbuckle knocked out Joe Alexander  at The Total Fight Challenge.  This was the last time he fought locally before signing with Sengoku.  Afterward the he revealed  to Chicago’s MMA that this was the first time he’d knocked anyone out standing.

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