He may not have earned a medal in the Olympics, but Rick Hawn did make the Olympic team for judo, and he may have fallen short both times he fought for belts in Bellator, but he did win two tournaments in the organization, and is currently Titan FC’s lightweight champ. Today, however, with zero fanfare, Hawn announced his retirement.
As per MMAFighting:
“After giving a lot of thought, I probably just had the best fight of my career a few weeks ago winning the lightweight title for Titan. It’s been a long road. You’ve been around and seen me years ago in Bellator. I’m 39 years old,” he said. “It’s time to hang it up.”
“I’m going to go out on top, holding the belt. It’s just one of those things,” Hawn explained. “I’m not a young kid anymore. As you know, it’s a hard sport. I’m going out on my own terms. My big announcement is I’m retiring from MMA.”
According to Hawn, the decision isn’t impulsive. He claimed to be contemplating the move for a while, but ultimately wanted to fight the most appropriate time to bow out.
“It’s been on the verge the last couple of years. Back in 2013, I almost retired when I was with Bellator, having some contract issues with them. I wasn’t really happy at the time. So, I thought about it back then. More recently, over this last summer before I got the call for the Titan fight I pretty much made up my mind that I was going to be done with it and move on to the next chapter.
“It was win or lose, I was going to be done. It’s just better to go out with a win,” he said. “I think it’ a good way to finish it for me.”
Hawn gave us some good scraps in his career, including crushing knockouts over Karo Parisyan, Lloyd Woodard, Ricardo Tirloni and Ron Keslar. And while his exit from MMA competition will draw a fraction the attention of the retirement of, say, Nick Newell or some UFC legend, Hawn was definitely a somebody. He will be missed.