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At 4-foot-11, Tyler ‘Hulk Hands’ Freeland is standing tall in the cage

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When Tyler Freeland steps into fight at Bellator 155 in front of his native Idahoans, he’s hoping to come up big. Freeland, who is afflicted with dwarfism, stands 4-foot-11, but is built like a strongman. He doesn’t have a fantastic wingspan, but they call him “Hulk Hands” because he has massive fists. His arms are ripped. A wrestler from an early age, he can bury people through the cage floor.

He will fight Joe Hamilton on Friday night during the Bellator prelims, which will stream across the country on the promotion’s site. If you tune in, you’ll see a man who knows how to turn a profit.

“I totally find more advantages in fighting because, for one, guys are punching down at me and that takes away their power,” Freeland says. “And two, I can take anybody down at will. When I was out in California, I double-legged Dan Henderson. I was like, if I can double-leg Dan Henderson, I can double-leg anyone.”

Freeland is 32 years old, a landscaper by trade who is seeing just how far he can go in prizefighting. With Bellator visiting Boise, he was a shoe-in for the card. Behind him will be hundreds of throaty partisans who have known about “Hulk Hands” going back to his days wrestling at Capital High School, where he took state a couple of times.

After a nearly a four-year layoff, Freeland — who will be competing as a bantamweight for the first time, after going undefeated as a feather — returned twice in 2015, and he won both his fights. The gap in his resume was a rough time. He was hounded by injuries, some of which might have kept lesser-hearted men away.

“I ended up tearing my ACL, and I had surgery,” he says. “And due ….View full article

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