Rick Hawn

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Rick Hawn
Born (1976-09-15) September 15, 1976 (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Other namesGenghis
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
DivisionLightweight (155lb) (currently)
Welterweight (170lb) (formerly)
Fighting out ofDracut, Massachusetts, United States, Plaistow, NH
TeamTristar Gym
Team Sityodtong
Team Renzo Gracie NH Team PMA
RankBlack belt in Judo
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2009–2015
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout11
By decision10
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rick Hawn (born September 15, 1976) is a former Olympic judoka and professional mixed martial artist. A professional MMA fighter from 2009 - 2015, Hawn most notably competed for Bellator MMA, where he won the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament and the Bellator Season 9 Welterweight Tournament.


Hawn was born in Chicago, but when he was young, his family moved to Eugene, Oregon.[1] At age 12, Hawn began training judo when his father got back into the sport.[1] Hawn continued to compete while attending South Eugene High School, where he also competed in wrestling, and also football in his senior year.[1][2]

Olympic career[edit]

In 1996, after graduating from high school, Hawn qualified to live at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[1] There he trained judo for eight years and ultimately qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games.[1] At the Games in 2004, Hawn went 2-2 and finished in 9th place. Hawn also won numerous medals at U.S. national championships and two medals at the Pan American Games.[1][3]

After the 2004 games, Hawn moved to Boston to train with bronze medalist Jimmy Pedro.[1] However, Hawn failed to make the 2008 Olympic judo team.[1] Soon after, Hawn began training for a career in Mixed Martial Arts.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hawn's professional mixed martial arts debut came in January 2009 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Hawn won by technical knockout in the first round. Over the next two years, Hawn won his next eight fights, six by TKO.

Bellator MMA[edit]

In March 2011, Hawn began competing in the Bellator MMA's Season Four Welterweight Tournament. He defeated Jim Wallhead by unanimous decision in the quarterfinals and Lyman Good by split decision in the semifinals.

Hawn was defeated by Jay Hieron at Bellator 43 in a fight which some believe was a controversial split decision.

After a strong showing in the Season Four Tournament, Hawn was planning to return to the cage as part of Bellator's Season Five Welterweight Tournament, but an injury during training forced him out of the tournament.[4]

Hawn returned to the promotion in the spring of 2012 as a participant in the Season Six Lightweight Tournament; dropping down to Lightweight for the first time in his MMA career. He faced Ricardo Tirloni in the opening round at Bellator 62. Tirloni was able to land with a few leg kicks, but Hawn was able to continue pressing forward. Hawn then landed a right hand which dropped Tirloni. Hawn hit Tirloni with punches and hammerfists on the ground and the fight was stopped at 2:36 of the opening round.[5]

He next faced Lloyd Woodard in the semifinals at Bellator 66 on April 20, 2012. Hawn won the fight via KO in the second round. Hawn next took on Brent Weedman in the tournament finals on May 25, 2012 at Bellator 70 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

At Bellator 95, Hawn faced Karo Parisyan whom Hawn had twice defeated in judo competition.[6] During the bout, Hawn was able to land a right cross knocking Parisyan to his knees and landed repeated hammerfists on Parisyan prompting the fight to be stopped 1:55 into the second round.[7]

In the fall of 2013, Hawn entered his second Bellator Welterweight Tournament. He defeated both Herman Terrado and Brent Weedman by unanimous decision in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

In the finals Hawn faced Ron Keslar at Bellator 109 and won via knockout in the third round.

Hawn faced Douglas Lima for the vacant Bellator Welterweight Championship at Bellator 117 on April 18, 2014. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round when his corner stopped the fight due to the amount of leg kicks he was taking.

Hawn faced returning Dave Jansen on October 24, 2014 at Bellator 130.[8] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

In November 2014, Hawn announced on Twitter that he was released from the organization.[9]

Titan Fighting Championship[edit]

Hawn has signed with Titan Fighting Championship.[10] He made his promotional debut in a lightweight match at Titan FC 32 on December 19, 2014 against Carlo Prater.[11] Hawn won the fight by unanimous decision.

Hawn defeated Pat Healy by split decision for the vacant Titan FC Lightweight Championship at Titan FC 35 on September 19, 2015. Healy was stripped of the title for missing weight the day prior.[12]


Hawn officially retired from MMA on October 19, 2015, as reigning Titan FC Lightweight Champion.[13]

Hawn came out of retirement to face Gesias Cavalcante on October 21, 2022 at Combat FC 2. He lost the bout via guillotine choke in the second round.[14]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 21 wins 5 losses
By knockout 11 1
By submission 0 2
By decision 10 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–5 Gesias Cavalcante Submission (guillotine choke) Combat FC 2 October 21, 2022 2 3:41 Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States Return to Welterweight.
Win 21–4 Pat Healy Decision (split) Titan FC 35 September 19, 2015 5 5:00 Ridgefield, Washington, United States Won the Titan FC Lightweight Championship.
Win 20–4 Derek Loffer Decision (unanimous) CES 28 March 13, 2015 3 5:00 Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States Catchweight (165 lb) bout.
Win 19–4 Carlo Prater Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 32 December 19, 2014 3 5:00 Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 18–4 Dave Jansen Decision (unanimous) Bellator 130 October 24, 2014 3 5:00 Mulvane, Kansas, United States Return to Lightweight.
Loss 18–3 Douglas Lima TKO (corner stoppage) Bellator 117 April 18, 2014 2 3:19 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States For the vacant Bellator Welterweight Championship.
Win 18–2 Ron Keslar KO (punch) Bellator 109 November 22, 2013 3 0:55 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States Bellator Season Nine Welterweight Tournament Final.
Win 17–2 Brent Weedman Decision (unanimous) Bellator 104 October 18, 2013 3 5:00 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States Bellator Season Nine Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 16–2 Herman Terrado Decision (unanimous) Bellator 100 September 20, 2013 3 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Bellator Season Nine Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 15–2 Karo Parisyan KO (punches) Bellator 95 April 4, 2013 2 1:55 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Welterweight bout.
Loss 14–2 Michael Chandler Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 85 January 17, 2013 2 3:07 Irvine, California, United States For the Bellator Lightweight Championship.
Win 14–1 Brent Weedman Decision (unanimous) Bellator 70 May 25, 2012 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Bellator Season Six Lightweight Tournament Final.
Win 13–1 Lloyd Woodard KO (punch) Bellator 66 April 20, 2012 2 0:10 Cleveland, Ohio, United States Bellator Season Six Lightweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 12–1 Ricardo Tirloni KO (punches) Bellator 62 March 23, 2012 1 2:36 Laredo, Texas, United States Bellator Season Six Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Loss 11–1 Jay Hieron Decision (split) Bellator 43 May 7, 2011 3 5:00 Newkirk, United States Bellator Season Four Welterweight Tournament Final.
Win 11–0 Lyman Good Decision (split) Bellator 39 April 2, 2011 3 5:00 Uncasville, United States Bellator Season Four Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 10–0 Jim Wallhead Decision (unanimous) Bellator 35 March 5, 2011 3 5:00 Lemoore, United States Bellator Season Four Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 9–0 LeVon Maynard KO (punches) Bellator 33 October 11, 2010 1 4:53 Philadelphia, United States Bellator Season Four Welterweight Tournament Qualifier.
Win 8–0 Shonie Carter TKO (head kick & punches) Triumph Fighter 3: Havoc July 31, 2010 2 4:08 Milford, New Hampshire, United States Won the Triumph Fighter Welterweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Dennis Olson TKO (punches) Triumph Fighter 2: Inferno June 5, 2010 2 2:02 Milford, New Hampshire, United States
Win 6–0 Tom Gallicchio Decision (unanimous) World Championship Fighting 9 February 26, 2010 3 5:00 Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States
Win 5–0 Brendan Weafer Decision (unanimous) CFX 5: Mayhem in Mansfield September 12, 2009 3 5:00 Mansfield, Massachusetts, United States
Win 4–0 Bruce Boyington TKO (punches) CFX 3: Rumble in the Jungle June 20, 2009 1 3:03 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Win 3–0 Daniel Ford TKO (punches) CFX 2: Thunder in the Dome April 25, 2009 1 1:49 Milford, New Hampshire, United States
Win 2–0 Billy Flynn KO (punches) World Championship Fighting 6 March 14, 2009 1 1:12 Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States
Win 1–0 Bruno Decosta TKO (punches) CFX 1: Wartown Beatdown January 17, 2009 1 2:01 Worcester, Massachusetts, United States


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  3. ^ "U.S. Judo profile".
  4. ^ "Chris Cisneros Replaces Injured Rick Hawn in Bellator 49 Quarterfinal Bout". MMAWeekly.com. August 20, 2011.
  5. ^ "Woodard, Hawn, Weedman, Silva punch semi-final tickets at Bellator 62". sherdog.com. March 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Olympic Judoka Rick Hawn takes to the cage". Boston Herald. 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Bellator 95 results: live play-by-play & updates". April 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Sidelined 18 months, tourney champ Dave Jansen returns at Bellator 130 vs. Rick Hawn". mmajunkie.com. September 15, 2014.
  9. ^ "Rick Hawn announces on Twitter that he has been released by Bellator MMA". TheMMAReport.com. November 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Rick Hawn signs with Titan FC". MMAFighting.com. November 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "Former Bellator title challenger Rick Hawn among Titan FC 32 additions". MMAJunkie.com. December 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Pat Healy vs. Rick Hawn headlines Titan FC 35 in September". BloodyElbow.com. August 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Thomas, Luke (2015-10-19). "Rick Hawn retires from mixed martial arts". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  14. ^ Cowboy, Combat (2022-10-29). "Combat FC 2 - Recapping all the action". New England MMA. Retrieved 2022-11-20.

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