Rick Hawn entered professional mixed martial arts in 2009, bringing in a world class judo game. The Olympic judo player opened his career with 11 straight wins, including three in Bellator. Hawn fought in the season four welterweight tournament, advancing to the finals where he lost a razor thin split decision to Jay Hieron. Despite suffering only one career loss, Hawn decided to drop down to 155 pounds.
Hawn immediately made an impact at lightweight, winning his first two fights in the season six tournament by knockout. His vicious right hand finished Ricardo Tirloni and Lloyd Woodard, both who had never been knocked out. In the tournament finals, Hawn defeated Brent Weedman by decision to claim the Season Six Lightweight Tournament Championship. He challenged Michael Chandler at Bellator 85 for the lightweight title, but was submitted in the second round. Hawn then made a temporary move back to welterweight to face UFC veteran and Judo rival Karo Parisyan at Bellator 95, scoring a second-round knockout victory.
Record: 15-2 (10 KOs)
Championships and Accolades:
Bellator Season Six Lightweight Tournament Champion
Bellator Season Four Welterweight Tournament Finalist
2004 U.S. Olympic Judo Team Member