According to MMAFighting.com, “Bad” Brad Blackburn has re-upped with the upstart Bellator promotion for at least one more bout. Blackburn lost his Bellator debut on August 19th to Dan Hornbuckle but looked very good in the process, prompting Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney to call Blackburn back.
Blackburn holds a 17-12-1 record as a professional mixed martial artist and has fought for the IFL and the UFC. He earned a shot in the UFC after a seven-fight stint in the International Fight Leagued marked by wins over Jay Hieron (TKO), Gustavo Machado (split decision), and Chris Wilson (unanimous decision). Blackburn made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 14: Silva vs. Irvin in July of 2008 where he took home a second round TKO over James Giboo. He would then post decision wins over Ryo Chonan and Edgar Garcia before losing two in a row to Amir Sadollah and DaMarques Johnson; Blackburn received his walking papers following the TKO loss to Johnson.
There has been no word as of yet concerning Blackburn’s next Bellator opponent but “Bad” spoke with MMAFighting.com following his loss to Dan Hornbuckle and indicated that he would like to make his return sooner rather than later.
“I wanted to get [in Bellator] and get the win,” Blackburn said. “It was a good fight, but you know what? A win is a win and I didn’t get one tonight … I expect to stay busy. I want to fight within two weeks. I don’t have any injuries so I got to keep training, come back here and get me a win.”
Blackburn could have his chance to fight soon as Bellator is holding its 27th event on September 2nd at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas and its 28th on September 9th in New Orleans.