The joys of being a non-UFC fighter

Sounds like Olympic judoka and Bellator fighter Rick Hawn has a real classy sponsor:

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.

Just one of those times where it’s good to be with the UFC – that sponsorship approval and fee thing might be a pain in the ass, but it’s there to prevent stuff like this. Another one of those times: when you get hurt really badly in a fight. Does Bellator cover the cost of medical injuries sustained during fights? We should ask Mike Guymon.

  • Voice of Reason

    He needs to chk if thats allowed in the contract. if it is, then his fault for not reading.

  • agentsmith

    Aren’t the promoters required to carry insurance to cover the fighters’ medical bills?

    I could understand if the sponsor deal was X to show plus X to win, but to refuse to pay after the fact is pretty cunty, and I presume a breach of contract.

  • dave w

    Calling all Jackals. Get on the UG and help take these cunts down http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=forum.posts&forum=1&thread=2120814&page=12

  • iamphoenix

    Dana White is EVIL!!!

  • drunkenjunk

    htfu is the company that stiffed him. pretty sure they just took down their facebook page.

  • frickshun

    His deal clearly stipulated that unless the fight was so epic that the last round was spontaneously broadcast on every channel in the world, he doesn’t get paid. Seems fair to me.

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