Stinson Replaces Pierson in Bellator Welterweight Tournament

By Mike Fridley Apr 12, 2010
A knee injury sustained in training has forced Sean Pierson to withdraw from Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Pierson will be replaced by Tyler Stinson (16-5), the 24-year-old winner of Bellator Fighting Championships’ Kansas City, Mo., tryouts.

Stinson, a native of Winfield, Kan., will take on Dan Hornbuckle (19-2) at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., on April 22.

“I feel really badly for Sean. He’s a great guy and this was a tremendous opportunity for him that he was totally focused on. Hopefully, when he rehabs his knee, we can get him back fighting at Bellator. At the same time, I’m happy that we can provide this chance to Tyler and that he was ready to step up and take advantage of this great shot,” stated Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney in a press release sent over the weekend. “Tyler caught our eye at our open tryout. He’s hungry and he can fight, which could make for a very interesting fight with Dan.”

Stinson was slated to confront Demi Deeds on April 29 in a Bellator “local feature fight” in Kansas City. Stinson’s replacement in the bout is expected to be announced in the coming days.
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