US Olympic Judoka Rick Hawn has been forced off Bellator 49 with a knee injury. Since the September 10 event was set to kick off the Season Five Bellator welterweight tournament, Hawn will have to miss out on this year’s bracket. USAToday first reported the news.
Hawn will be replaced by Hawaiian fighter Chris “The Maverick” Cisneros.
Bellator 49 takes place September 10 in Atlantic City. The card marks the start of the Season Five welterweight tournament. The winner of the tournament will get $100,000 and a shot at the winner of the upcoming title fight between Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren and Jay Hieron.
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