Built primarily on its multi-event, tournament format, Season 4 will introduce the third edition of Bellator’s 170-pound bracket, searching for a contender to current champion Ben Askren.
Lyman Good became the first Bellator welterweight champion, winning the inaugural tournament. Askren then won the Season 2 tournament, making him the top contender to Good’s belt. The two fought in Season 3, Askren obviously coming out on top.
Bellator has slowly been releasing names of its official welterweight tournament fighters for Season 4, shedding light on three as of Friday.
One of the promotion’s top talents in the weight class, Dan Hornbuckle, will return for the latest edition. He made it all the way to the Season 2 final before losing to Askren, a man he’d like another shot at.
Joining Hornbuckle in the brackets so far are former Olympic Judoka Rick Hawn, who is undefeated at 9-0, and Brent Weedman, a veteran who has earned his slot with three first-round victories under the Bellator banner.
Other participants expected for the tournament, but not officially announced by Bellator, are UFC veteran Jay Hieron, Chris Lozano, Lyman Good, Jim Wallhead, and Steve Carl.