Lightweight Rick Hawn saw more than his hopes of hoisting a Bellator championship above his head go out the window last week when he came up short in bid to beat divisional king Michael Chandler at Bellator 85. Hawn, who had gone 14-1 prior to the bout, was never able to implement his gameplan against Chandler and succumbed to a submission in the second round of their rumble.
Were the pain of losing not bad enough, it appears one of Hawn’s sponsors felt slighted by the judoka’s less-than stellar showing and decided to put a “stop payment” on his check. As might be expected, the decision didn’t sit well with Hawn who took to Twitter to provide some insight on the matter.
“So one of my main sponsors from my fight canceled his check cuz he wasnt happy with the outcome or my performance,” wrote Hawn. “It’s 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.”
Hawn’s loss to Chandler was only the second of his career and the first time he’d been finished.
The unnamed sponsor’s complaint to Hawn can be read below (as provided by the fighter):
“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.”
UPDATE: According to MMAFighting, the opposing sides have worked out an agreement after an alleged misunderstanding and Hawn will be paid.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC