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Rick Hawn Suing Bellator 85 Sponsor [Updated]

Rick HawnBellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament Winner and former challenger to Michael Chandler’s lightweight title Rick Hawn finds himself in a bit of a mess behind last week’s lopsided loss to the champion. From the opening bell, the Olympic judoka was dominated by the Mizzou wrestler, eventually succumbing to rear-naked choke in the second period.

It would seem that one of the sponsors behind “Genghis” has completely pulled their sponsorship of the Olympian and stopped payment on their checks to him. While Hawn couldn’t reveal which sponsor it was, he did take to twitter to air grievances.

So one of my main sponsors from my fight canceled his check cuz he wasnt happy with the outcome or my performance. Read his explanations below.

“At this point, a stop payment has been placed on check which cannot be cashed or deposited now”

“I will not comment on Rick and his fight. That is not my place. But what I will tell you is this: I took a huge chance with him. TV exposure was great…but it only holds weight if he wins or puts on a good show. Neither happened. At the end of the day…not one sole (sp) will run to [my] store and buy product because they [saw my logo and saw] Rick loose (sp) the fight. I’ve made it my career and business to know what nets a return on investment for the brand…and this is the number 1 reason why I DO NOT hand out money or product to fighters.”

Its funny how all my pics wearing his product are still up on his company pages even after he says and does all this stuff!!

A lawsuit is pending so I cannot comment on who it is just yet but stay tuned.

[UPDATE] MMAFighting has reported that the sponsor in question, HTFU, has since decided to issue a new check to Hawn. The brand is chalking it up to a miscommunication. [UPDATE]

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