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New Acquisition Roundup: Hornbuckle to Bellator, Davis to UFC, Thomas and Mayorga to Shine Fights

  • dan_hornbuckleBellator has added another rising welterweight star to it’s growing roster, announcing Thursday that 19-2 Dan Hornbuckle will participate in the promotion’s 2010 tournament, competing for a chance to face reigning champion Lyman Good. Hornbuckle is riding a four fight win streak including two recent back to back wins over Akihiro Gono and Nick Thompson at Sengokus 9 and 10, respectively. Hornbuckle joins two other recent additions to Bellator’s welterweight tournament, Ben Askren and Jacob McClintock.
  • The UFC has added further depth to it’s light heavyweight division, signing collegiate wrestling standout Phil Davis to a multi-fight deal, according to MMA Fanhouse. Davis was a four-time collegiate All-American during his stint at Penn State, winning two Big Ten championships as well as the 2008 197 pound NCAA National Championship. Since then he has gone 4-0 in his young MMA career.
  • Shine Fights recently reached agreements with former UFC lightweight competitor Din Thomas, and former boxing champion Ricardo Mayorga for them to compete in the organization. The pair are expected to  face one another in a contest that will be Mayorga’s MMA debut at an expected March 2010 “Shine III” event. Since being released from the UFC in 2008 following back to back losses to Kenny Florian and Josh Neer, Thomas has bounced back with consecutive victories over Dustin Pieken and Gabe Lemley. Mayorga compiled a record of 29-7-1 over the course of his boxing career, but has only fought four times since 2004 earning an even 2-2 record from 2005-2008.

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