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Injury Knocks Rick Hawn Out Of Bellator Tournament

Welterweight Rick Hawn has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament after suffering a knee injury during training.

Hawn (11-1) was expected to be part of the eight-man event which kicks off at Bellator 49 on September 10 in Atlantic City.

According to Hawn’s Twitter account, the injury will keep him sidelined for at least a few months.

This was to be Hawn’s second tourney with Bellator, as the 2004 U.S. Olympic judo team member took runner-up honors in the season four event, falling to Jay Hieron in the finals.

Prior to the loss to Hieron, Hawn had won his first 11 fights, including seven by knockout.