UFC veteran Brad Blackburn has agreed to meet Bellator Season 2 welterweight tournament runner-up Dan Hornbuckle at Bellator 25 at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago on Aug. 19.
Blackburn revealed the news Wednesday on Rear Naked Choke Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network to Joe Rizzo and Jeremy Fullerton.
Unable to fight at Tachi Palace 5 on July 9 , Blackburn (15-11-1) scrapped his match with John Alessio due to an injury.
Blackburn went 3-2 in the UFC, winning his first three fights before shoulder surgery. He came back at UFC Fight Night 20 in January and lost to Amir Sadollah, then was defeated at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi in April when DaMarques Johnson cut him with a punch in the third round of a close fight and scored a TKO. The former IFL star has wins over Jay Hieron, Ryo Chonan, Delson Heleno and Chris Wilson in his career.
Hornbuckle will step back into the cage after falling short in the Season 2 welterweight tournament finale against former U.S. Olympic wrestler Ben Askren. Hornbuckle (21-3) started the tournament as the favorite and rolled through Tyler Stinson and Steve Carl en route to the final.
Among Hornbuckle’s victims are Nick Thomson, Akihiro Gono and Joe Alexander.
Bellator 25 features a Season 3 heavyweight tournament match between Damian Grabowski and Scott Barrett. There is a match scheduled in the women’s 115-pound tournament, as Jessica Pene faces Zoila Frausto. Aisling Daly posted on her Facebook that her match with Lisa Ward in the 115-pound tournament is the next week, at Bellator 26 in Kansas City.