It appears a pair of Bellator’s longest-tenured fighters have both been handed their walking papers after losing in back-to-back bouts under the organization’s banner including a Season 5 stumble in quarterfinal action of their respective divisions’ ongoing tournaments.

According to multiple outlets, Dan Hornbuckle, a six-fight Bellator veteran, and Wilson Reis, ten appearances in the Bellator cage, were both recently released from their contracts and have been left to find employment elsewhere in hopes of racking up a few victories before potentially returning to the promotion. has since confirmed news of the professional separation with a source close to the situation. Word of the release first reported by MMAJunkie.

Hornbuckle, who started off his career going 21-2, had previously made it all the way to the finals of Bellator’s inaugural welterweight tournament before falling to eventual champ Ben Askren. Since the defeat he has dropped two of three including his Unanimous Decision loss to Luis Santos last month.

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Comparably, Reis had been with Bellator since its inception more than two years ago. The diminutive Brazilian holds an overall record of 12-4 but has lost two straight fights by way of knockout, the most recent of which came against Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 51.


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