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Rick Hawn - Sponsor Dispute Settled
Article Source: MMA Junkie
A check from a sponsor dispute arrived Saturday for Bellator's Rick Hawn.
The $1,500 he was supposed to receive for a losing effort against lightweight champ Michael Chandler won't stay in his bank account, though. Another check already made it to him.
"When Bjorn Rebney heard about the whole situation, he was upset about it and he decided that Bellator would cover the total cost of what I was missing," Hawn told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The Bellator CEO confirmed the promotion's contribution.
The 36-year-old former Olympian now plans to donate the extra money to a charity for animals or to a homeless shelter.
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Signed, sealed, delivered: Hawn proves he's real deal Dracut's Rick Hawn wins tourney, title shot up nextWritten by Mike McMahon
Shuffling through the airport in New Orleans to catch a flight back to Boston last month, Dracut's Rick Hawn, fresh off his Bellator tournament win, dragged his gigantic $100,000 check through security and on to his flight. As he expected, there were some strange looks from fellow passengers, likely wondering who this 5-foot-9 guy with a shaved head, beard and a giant check was walking onto their plane.
If things keep going they way they have been for Hawn, soon enough, everyone will know who he is .Last season, Hawn dropped the Season Four Welterweight Tournament final to Jay Hieron (22-5) in a controversial split decision. The loss remains the only blemish on Hawn's sparkling 14-1 record. After moving from 170 to 155 pounds this season, he stormed through the Season Six Lightweight Tournament, obliterating Ricardo Tirloni (14-2) in the quarterfinals and putting Lloyd Woodard (12-2) to sleep with punches in the semifinal, setting up a unanimous decision win over Brent Weedman (20-8-1) in the final, earning him a $100,000 payday and a shot at Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler.
That fight will likely happen next year, in a prime time main-event spot on Spike TV. "It's still being negotiated," said Hawn, who is now taking a mini-break before he gets back into heavy training in a few weeks. "Right now, I'm just relaxing. I've been training and fighting, non-stop, for really over a year so I'm giving my body a little bit of a break. When we get the details worked out, whenever it is, I'll be ready to fight." The break, though, is well deserved.
Dropping in weight classes for this tournament meant a never-before-seen weight cut for Hawn, a 2004 Olympian in Judo. "It takes a toll on you," he said. "Especially where this was the first time I was doing it. Luckily, I have a really good team around me with trainers and nutritionists to make sure I was doing it the right way and maximizing what I could get out of my body." Hawn, who has a black belt in Judo and a brown belt in Brazilian Jio Jitsu, trained with Methuen's Jimmy Pedro following the 2004 Olympics, moving here from his home in Oregon to train with the bronze medalist. After taking up MMA in 2008, he's trained with Tristar Gym, Team Sityodtong and Team Renzo Gracie NH. To win the tournament, Hawn fought three times in two months, a ridiculously ambitious pace.
"It wasn't just the fights," — Hawn knocked out his first two opponents in a combined 7:46 of cage time — "it was cutting weight so often that was probably the toughest part for me. Ultimately (fighting in last year's tournament) really helped me, I knew what to expect and had a strategy going in on how I was going to handle the fights so close together." While training for the Bellator tournament, Hawn spent time at Tristar Gym in Montreal, the home of UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre as well as several of the world's best fighters. "It's one of the best places in the world to go train," Hawn said. "I learn a lot every time I'm up there. You always have to learn something new or get better. That's what separates guys, the guys that just keep getting better all the time." For now, Hawn's focused on watching his Judo teammates prep for the summer Olympics in London and getting back into the gym, readying for a title shot against Chandler.
As for that giant check, well, that might end up hung on the wall. The real one though, "that's in the bank," Hawn said, "I'm saving that."
New Orleans, La. (May 25, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships returned to “The Crescent City” Friday night for the close of Bellator’s action packed sixth season. Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad made the first successful title defense of his career while Rick Hawn won the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament with a dynamic performance. Also, Luis Nogueira will move on to the finals of the Bellator Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament and Rich Clementi picked up an impressive victory at Bellator 70 from Harrah’s in New Orleans, Louisiana LIVE on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX.
“The performance Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman delivered was a fantastic way to close our sixth season,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Cole Konrad once again proved why he is one of the best heavyweights in the world, while Luis Nogueira advanced in dominating fashion. Harrah’s New Orleans provided us with a great venue, and our Summer Series is shaping up to be one for the ages.”
Heading into their fight in “The Big Easy,” Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament finalists Rick Hawn and Brent Weedman dominated their competition through the first two rounds of the tournament. With an opportunity to face Bellator World Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler within reach, both men were eager to prove their status as the #1 contender. Throughout a fight engaged primarily on the feet, both fighters were able to land solid shots in front of an electric New Orleans crowd. However, it was the polished striking and the world-class takedowns of Hawn (14-1) that ultimately led him to victory. For three rounds, Hawn appeared to land the harder shots while Weedman (21-8-1) tried his best to deliver strikes of his own. However, it was not enough as all three judges awarded Rick Hawn a unanimous decision victory as he becomes the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Champion
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Rick Hawn is extending his highlight reel with more knockouts!
By Monta Wiley
Having a new lightweight champion crowned in the form of Michael Chandler, the lightweight division of the Bellator Fighting Championship looks to set the stage for another exiting lightweight tournament, where eight fighters will compete for the chance at $100,000 dollars and an opportunity to face the champion for the title.
Amongst this group of warriors is former Judo Olympian Rick Hawn (11-1). Hawn suffered his first career loss at Bellator 40, a split decision against Jay Hieron in the Bellator welterweight tournament finals. This disappointment was followed by a serious injury sustained in practice. Healthy and focused, Hawn hopes to erase his past misfortunes and is looking forward to showing the world why he is one of the elite fighters in MMA.
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Hawn Drops To Lightweight for Bellator Season Six tournament
Bellator Officials today confirmed the U.S. Olympian’s plans with MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com).
As part of the tourney entry, Hawn (11-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) has signed a new extension with the organization, though terms of the deal were not disclosedials today confirmed the U.S. Olympian’s plans with MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com).
Hawn, a judoka who finished ninth in the 2004 Summer Olympics, moved his MMA record to 11-0 with a split-decision victory Lyman Good earlier this year in Bellator’s season-four welterweight-tourney semifinals. However, he fell short of a guaranteed title shot and suffered his first career loss when he dropped a close split decision to notable Jay Hieron in the finals.
The 5-foot-9 fighter will join another Bellator tournament, but this time he’ll do so in a lighter weightclass when the eight-man tourney kicks off in March.
“I felt like I was sort of undersized in the last tournament,” Hawn told MMAjunkie.com. “Everyone had a height advantage on me, and while I thought I made a good run, I think lightweight is going to be a better fit for me and just give me an advantage. “Camp will pretty much be the same for me, even though I’m cutting to 155. I’m going to work on getting quicker while keeping my core strong. (I’m) just ready for the tournament to start and make a strong run.”
Hawn, who made his pro MMA debut in early 2009, also owns Bellator victories over LeVon Maynard and Jim Wallhead. A
regional-show TKO win over UFC vet Shonie Carter ultimately got him signed by Bellator.
All credit for the above article belongs to Dan Stupp of MMA Junkie
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Rick Hawn defeats Lloyd Cupcake Woodard in semi-finals with a highlight KO in round 2.
Next Fight: Bellator 70
FRIDAY, May 25RD, 2012
Rick Hawn defeats Richardo Tirloni with a first round KO.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2012