Dan Hornbuckle

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Dan Hornbuckle
Born Daniel Hornbuckle
(1980-12-26) December 26, 1980 (age 36)
Mahomet, Illinois, United States
Other names The Handler
Residence Mahomet, Illinois, United States
Nationality American
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)
Division Welterweight (170lb)
Reach 83.5 in (212 cm)
Team American Top Team
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 33
Wins 24
By knockout 9
By submission 11
By decision 4
Losses 9
By submission 3
By decision 6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Dan Hornbuckle (born December 26, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist, and a member of the Eastern Band Cherokee tribe. A professional competitor since 2006, Hornbuckle has competed for Bellator, World Victory Road, and DEEP.

Background[edit]

Hornbuckle was born in Mahomet, Illinois and attended Centennial High School where he competed 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.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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.

On Thursday December 17, 2009 Bellator announced the signing of Hornbuckle to a multi-fight Welterweight tournament contract.[2]

At Bellator 15, Hornbuckle defeated Tyler Stinson via first round triangle choke to advance to the semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight Tournament.

He then defeated Steve Carl via submission (kimura) at Bellator 19 to advance to the finals of the Bellator Welterweight Tournament. This victory was a candidate for 2010 submission of the year.

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.,[3] 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.[4] 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 Four 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.

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.

Hornbuckle entered into the Bellator Season Five Welterweight Tournament. He fought Luis Santos in the opening round held at Bellator 49 and lost the fight via unanimous decision.

After losing two consecutive fights in Bellator, Hornbuckle was released from the promotion along with Wilson Reis.[5]

Over a year later, Hornbuckle returned to MMA competition against Pete Spratt on February 1, 2013 at Legacy FC 17. He won the fight via unanimous decision.[6]

Hornbuckle then challenged Yuya Shirai for his DEEP Welterweight Championship on April 26, 2013 at DEEP: Impact 62. He won the fight and the title via unanimous decision.[7]

In his next outing, Hornbuckle dropped a majority decision to Dennis Hallman on August 30, 2013 at Titan FC 26.[8]

Hornbuckle put his DEEP Welterweight Championship on the line against Ryo Chonan at DEEP: Tribe Tokyo Fight on October 20, 2013. He lost the title via unanimous decision.[9]

Hornbuckle then faced Dominique Steele at Driven MMA: One on March 1, 2014. Hornbuckle lost the bout via unanimous decision.[10]

Hornbuckle faced Roger Carroll at FTP: Fight Time in the Valley on August 9, 2014. He lost the fight via submission in the first round, suffering his fourth consecutive loss.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In addition to being a professional mixed martial artist, Hornbuckle works as a fire suppression system installer.[12] He is married and has three daughters. Hornbuckle opened his own academy, American Top Team WarHawks, in Mahomet, Illinois.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–9 Roger Carroll Submission (choke) FTP: Fight Time in the Valley August 9, 2014 1 4:37 Marble, North Carolina, United States
Loss 24–8 Dominique 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
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
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) BodogFIGHT: 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

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