December 26, 1980
Mahomet, Illinois, United States
|Other names||The Handler|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)|
|Reach||83.5 in (212 cm)|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Dan Hornbuckle (born December 26, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist. Hornbuckle holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Carlos Díaz and has a self-proclaimed black belt in "intensity". Hornbuckle is Native American and is a member of the Eastern Band Cherokee tribe. Hornbuckle is known for his toughness and tenacity.
Hornbuckle was born in Mahomet, Illinois and attended Centennial High School where he participated in wrestling and football. Growing up, he faced adversity being Native American, and was often the victim of racism. He began mixed martial arts when he was 24 years old. 
Mixed martial arts career
When he first began fighting, Hornbuckle weighed 215 pounds and received his nickname due to the way he dominated his opponents with very little technique but using his strength and toughness.
In the early part of his career, Hornbuckle went 19–2 with significant knockout wins against Akihiro Gono and Nick Thompson in Sengoku. These two wins brought his name to international prominence and launched his career in 2009.
In the finals, Hornbuckle fought Olympic wrestler, Ben Askren. The fight took place at Bellator 22 on June 17, at the Kansas City Power and Light District in Kansas City, Mo., with Askren winning by unanimous decision. The fight saw Askren implement a dominant top game on the ground that stifled Hornbuckle's bottom game.
Hornbuckle made his return to Bellator against former UFC welterweight Brad Blackburn at Bellator 25 on August 19, 2010. He won the fight via unanimous decision in what was largely a three round kickboxing battle. Despite being knocked down in the first round, Hornbuckle recovered and won the next two rounds to win a unanimous decision.
Hornbuckle then participated in the Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament. In his opening round fight against Brent Weedman at Bellator 35, Hornbuckle lost a unanimous decision, 29–28 on all three judges scorecards. The fight was notably close and the decision was booed by the crowd after being announced. Weedman sustained a large facial laceration early in the first round which required interior and exterior stitches, and is currently serving a 60 day medical suspension mandated by the California State Athletic Commission. This has put Weedman's tournament hopes in doubt and has elevated the possibility of Hornbuckle reentering the tournament.
Hornbuckle was scheduled to fight former Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good at Bellator 44, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. However, a hamstring injury forced Lyman Good off the card, and the bout was scrapped.
In addition to being a professional mixed martial artist, Hornbuckle works as a fire suppression system installer.He is married and has three daughters. Hornbuckle opened his own academy, American Top Team WarHawks, in Mahomet, Illinois.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|32 matches||24 wins||8 losses|
|Loss||24-8||Dom Steele||Decision (unanimous)||Driven MMA: One||March 1, 2014||3||5:00||Canton, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||24-7||Ryo Chonan||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP - Tribe Tokyo Fight||October 20, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Lost the DEEP Welterweight Championship title|
|Loss||24-6||Dennis Hallman||Decision (majority)||Titan FC 26||August 30, 2013||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||24-5||Yuya Shirai||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP - Impact 62||April 26, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won DEEP Welterweight Championship|
|Win||23-5||Pete Spratt||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 17||February 1, 2013||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States|
|Loss||22–5||Luis Santos||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 49||September 10, 2011||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Loss||22–4||Brent Weedman||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 35||March 5, 2011||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States||Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||22–3||Brad Blackburn||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 25||August 19, 2010||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||For spot in season 4 Welterweight Tournament|
|Loss||21–3||Ben Askren||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 22||June 17, 2010||3||5:00||Kansas City, Missouri, United States||Welterweight Tournament Final|
|Win||21–2||Steve Carl||Submission (kimura)||Bellator 19||May 20, 2010||1||2:31||Grand Prairie, Texas, United States||Welterweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||20–2||Tyler Stinson||Submission (triangle choke)||Bellator 15||April 22, 2010||1||2:03||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||19–2||Nick Thompson||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10||September 23, 2009||2||1:30||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||18–2||Akihiro Gono||KO (head kick)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9||August 2, 2009||3||2:50||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||17–2||Joe Alexander||KO (punches)||TFC: Hornbuckle vs. Alexander||February 21, 2009||1||0:46||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||16–2||Nabil Khatib||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Raw Combat: Resurrection||June 20, 2008||1||3:58||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||15–2||Mike Pyle||Submission (triangle choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2||May 18, 2008||1||4:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–1||Andrew Buckland||Submission (armbar)||HCF: Crow's Nest||March 29, 2008||1||3:34||Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||14–1||Courtney Ray||Submission (armbar)||HOOKnSHOOT: Bodog Fight Women's Tournament||November 24, 2007||1||1:25||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||13–1||Piotr Jakaczynski||KO (head kick)||Bodog Fight: Vancouver||August 25, 2007||1||1:53||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||12–1||Matt Shaw||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 8||April 28, 2007||2||2:53||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||11–1||Courtney Ray||TKO (punches)||HOOKnSHOOT: Live||March 24, 2007||1||2:49||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||10–1||Jamie Toney||Decision (unanimous)||HOOKnSHOOT: Live||March 24, 2007||3||5:00||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–1||Wayne Bogard||Submission (armbar)||HOOKnSHOOT: Live||March 24, 2007||1||2:34||Evansville, Indiana, United States|
|Win||8–1||Alex Carter||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Total Fight Challenge 7||February 10, 2007||1||0:35||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||7–1||Brent Weedman||Submission (triangle choke)||LOF 12: Black Tie Battles||December 31, 2006||2||3:31||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6–1||Max Fowler||Submission (verbal)||CFC 1: Explosion||December 16, 2006||1||0:30||Tinley Park, Illinois, United States|
|Win||5–1||Wayne Bogard||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||IHC 11: Apocalypse||November 18, 2006||1||0:36||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4–1||Justin Wilcox||TKO (punches)||Total Fight Challenge 6||September 9, 2006||1||1:20||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3–1||Andy Normington||KO (punches)||Madtown Throwdown 8||July 15, 2006||N/A||N/A||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||2–1||Nate Homme||Submission (triangle choke)||Madtown Throwdown 8||July 15, 2006||N/A||N/A||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||2–0||Steve Conley||TKO (punches)||Duneland Classic 4||June 17, 2006||1||N/A||Portage, Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Mike Bodziak||TKO (punches)||Total Fight Challenge 5||February 18, 2006||1||N/A||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
- "Bellator 23 Draws Askren-Hornbuckle Final". Sherdog.com.