New Orleans, La. (May 25, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships returned to “The Crescent City” Friday night for the close of Bellator’s action packed sixth season. Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad made the first successful title defense of his career while Rick Hawn won the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament with a dynamic performance. Also, Luis Nogueira will move on to the finals of the Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament and Rich Clementi picked up an impressive victory at Bellator 70 from Harrah’s in New Orleans, Louisiana LIVE on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX.
“The performance Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman delivered was a fantastic way to close our sixth season,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Cole Konrad once again proved why he is one of the best heavyweights in the world, while Luis Nogueira advanced in dominating fashion. Harrah’s New Orleans provided us with a great venue, and our Summer Series is shaping up to be one for the ages.”
Heading into their fight in “The Big Easy,” Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament finalists Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman dominated their competition through the first two rounds of the tournament. With an opportunity to face Bellator World Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler within reach, both men were eager to prove their status as the #1 contender. Throughout a fight engaged primarily on the feet, both fighters were able to land solid shots in front of an electric New Orleans crowd. However, it was the polished striking and the world-class takedowns of Hawn (14-1) that ultimately led him to victory. For three rounds, Hawn appeared to land the harder shots while Weedman (21-8-1) tried his best to deliver strikes of his own. However, it was not enough as all three judges awarded Rick Hawn a unanimous decision victory as he becomes the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Champion
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Hawn Drops To Lightweight for Bellator Season Six tournament
Bellator Officials today confirmed the U.S. Olympian’s plans with MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com).
As part of the tourney entry, Hawn (11-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) has signed a new extension with the organization, though terms of the deal were not disclosedials today confirmed the U.S. Olympian’s plans with MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com).
Hawn, a judoka who finished ninth in the 2004 Summer Olympics, moved his MMA record to 11-0 with a split-decision victory Lyman Good earlier this year in Bellator’s season-four welterweight-tourney semifinals. However, he fell short of a guaranteed title shot and suffered his first career loss when he dropped a close split decision to notable Jay Hieron in the finals.
The 5-foot-9 fighter will join another Bellator tournament, but this time he’ll do so in a lighter weightclass when the eight-man tourney kicks off in March.
“I felt like I was sort of undersized in the last tournament,” Hawn told MMAjunkie.com. “Everyone had a height advantage on me, and while I thought I made a good run, I think lightweight is going to be a better fit for me and just give me an advantage. “Camp will pretty much be the same for me, even though I’m cutting to 155. I’m going to work on getting quicker while keeping my core strong. (I’m) just ready for the tournament to start and make a strong run.”
Hawn, who made his pro MMA debut in early 2009, also owns Bellator victories over LeVon Maynard and Jim Wallhead. A
regional-show TKO win over UFC vet Shonie Carter ultimately got him signed by Bellator.
All credit for the above article belongs to Dan Stupp of MMA Junkie
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Date of Birth: 9/15/1976
Home Town: Dracut, MA
Gym: Trsitar / Renzo Gracie / Pedro's Judo
Status: Pro Fighter - Bellator
Weight class: 155 in
3X Pan Am Championships bronze medalist. ’99, ’02, ’04
2007 Pan Am Games bronze medal.
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