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One of Rick Hawn’s Sponsors Just Pulled the Mother of All Scumbag Moves [UPDATED]

(Aw yeah. Get ready for some Internet street-justice.)

Rick Hawn‘s lightweight title challenge against Michael Chandler last week at Bellator 85 didn’t go so well. Chandler was able to put the decorated judoka on his back with relative ease, before finishing him with a rear-naked choke in round two. But as disappointing as the loss was for Hawn, it paled in comparison to what came next. As Hawn revealed on twitter last night, “one of my main sponsors from my fight canceled his check cuz he wasnt happy with the outcome or my performance…A lawsuit is pending so I cannot comment on who it is just yet but stay tuned.”

I think we can all agree that a company that stiffs one of its sponsored MMA fighters because he lost should be immediately banned from the sport. But what makes this story sink to another level of scumbaggery is that the sponsor is actually defending the non-payment as a wise business decision. Here’s what the still-unnamed floor-turd had to say in an e-mail purportedly sent to our old friend Mike Russell:

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.”

Man, this is not going to end well for this douche. To this point, Rick and Mike haven’t revealed who the sponsor is, or even hinted at his identity — a wise move, from a legal standpoint. But if you cruise through the UG thread, you’ll see that by about page 6, the UG’s keyboard-detectives have made a pretty compelling case about who it might be.

With the shitstorm-clouds gathering, the sponsor is now looking to do some damage control. “We got a text telling us that he would pay up last night if we apologized and Rick took down his Twitter post,” Mike wrote. At this point, Hawn has no intention of apologizing. We’ll update you when the sponsor is officially outed.

UPDATE: Yes, the sponsor was HTFU. CEO/founder Mark Gingrich has sent Hawn a new check for the $1,500 he owed him. If you want to read Gingrich’s side of the story — which includes accusations that Hawn didn’t fulfill all of his sponsorship obligations — click here.

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Mr_Misanthropy- January 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm
What a bunch of over-priced unoriginal garbage. It looks like the brilliant business idea of some out-of-touch spoiled trust fund baby who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Makes Affliction look like an Armani suit.
Alan K- January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm
Does it say in Rick's contract that payment is based on performance? If it does than there's nothing Rick can do. If it doesn't, then fuck that sponsor in the ass.
ctastrophe- January 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm
I like the idea of banning guys like this from sponsoring in MMA. Luckily all the negative publicity will sway many prospective clients (both fighters who need a sponsor and consumers too) from doing business.with this jackass.
painvelasquez- January 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm
That`s some fugged up shib right chea. If that is how homeboy runs his business then no wonder no ones ever heard of it. Htfu is it..? sounds douchey..
El Guapo- January 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm
I thought HardenTFU was Ron Artest's clothing line? Not that I'd wear it either way, just wondering..
Mr_Misanthropy- January 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm
Hires Transsexuals For Underwearmodeling?

The12ozCurls- January 22, 2013 at 12:52 pm
@Fried Taco
"Whatever will I wear?"

I have a guy with great fashion sense that knows how to get down. Do you want Cpt. SwingDick's phone number? I am sure he can hook you up with some sweeeeeet digs.
SethF- January 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm
I firmly stand by Rick's decision not to apologize. Apologizing implies guilt and knowledge of wrong-doing. The only thing Rick is guilty of is unknowingly promoting a brand that's run by a total douche.

P.S. Who wants to start a FundaFighter for Rick so he can pay legal fees?
Fried Taco- January 22, 2013 at 11:54 am
Well, looks like I'll have to stop buying Harden The Fuck Up clothing now. Whatever will I wear?
ArmFarmer- January 22, 2013 at 11:53 am
"athletes".. edit button...
ArmFarmer- January 22, 2013 at 11:52 am
Jeremy Stephens under the "atheletes" section:
towelie- January 22, 2013 at 11:08 am
also Jeremy Stephens commented that he was never sponsored by this guy(HTFU) as he backed out after photos were taken, but the dude won't take pics of Lil Heathen off of his website and still acts like he sponsors him.
RaginAsian- January 22, 2013 at 11:05 am
The company is HTFU.

People compiled a list of Hawn's sponsors and made their own deductions, Mike defended several, but had nothing to say when HTFU was blasted for 10 pages. Someone pointed out his lack of defense for them, to which he said, "no comment". Loud and clear.
towelie- January 22, 2013 at 10:42 am
ok, so i may have found an old site for HTFU, he sells some ridiculous clothing too.
towelie- January 22, 2013 at 10:35 am
it seems that most came to the onclusion that it is Mark Gingrich of HTFU. Dumb ass sells stickers, wristbands and temp tats.
towelie- January 22, 2013 at 10:34 am
what a fucking cunt!
GistoftheFist- January 22, 2013 at 10:31 am
I guess "no backsies" isn't a great legal defense. This is a terrible attempt at damage control. The sponsor might be unnamed right now, but almost nothing on the internet stays anonymous. It's only a matter of time before we find out who the sponsor is and who made the statement. "Please buy our product! But only if the fighter we backed actually wins the fight, otherwise he obviously didn't try hard enough loser!"
cman- January 22, 2013 at 10:21 am
We need the sponsors name so we can become his best customers. Fuck yea, fight good or fuck off.
Fried Taco- January 22, 2013 at 10:20 am
I went to the UG thread, and all I saw were pics of tomatoes. I'm confused.
ArmFarmer- January 22, 2013 at 9:21 am
I mean.. I can't speak for everyone, but I know I only purchase energy drinks and make orders to condom depot if the fighter who's ass it's plastered on wins the damn fight! I mean, come on. I had 15 grand set aside for a new Harley, but the other day I saw some guy lose a split decision and his shorts said "Harley" on them. Went and bought me a Honda instead.
josealdolegkicks- January 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

Looking good.
SethF- January 22, 2013 at 8:53 am
"I will not comment on Rick and his fight."
Three sentences later
"...but it only holds weight if he wins or puts on a good show. Neither happened."

What a fucking dolt.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- January 22, 2013 at 8:27 am
Apologize? what for? The sponsor is the only one who did anything wrong. And apparently his knowledge of contract law is about as bad as his knowledge of spelling and grammar. He has no chance of winning, and will end up not only paying the money he owes, but all of his own AND the Hawn's legal costs.
amsterdamheavy- January 22, 2013 at 8:12 am
We need this scumbag sponsor's name and business so ity can be boycotted. What a piece of trash.
algiersheadkick504- January 22, 2013 at 7:57 am
If the sponsor knew anything about mma he would have known Michael Chandler is a beast and Hawn was pretty fucked from the start...the sponsors fault for being a retard