Sponsor Agrees to Pay Rick Hawn Following Stop-Payment

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Pictured: Rick Hawn during medal ceremony at 2007 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

HTFU, the sponsor that Bellator’s Rick Hawn said canceled a check to him following his loss to Mike Chanlder last week at Bellator 85, has agreed to pay the fighter, according to reports on Tuesday.

Mark Gingrich, CEO and founder of HTFU, told MMAFighting.com that a new payment has been arranged for Hawn and sent to him today, Tuesday.

“A new check has been issued to Rick,” he said. “It has been mailed today.”

As reported by GRACIEMAG.com, Hawn took to his Twitter account to expose a message sent by HTFU — which wasn’t identified at the time — stating that the lifestyle brand took a chance on the fighter, but that he failed to perform in a way that would justify paying him for wearing the brand during the Bellator broadcast.

“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,” Hawn posted, quoting the sponsor. “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.”

Attempts to reach Gingrich and HTFU representatives by GRACIEMAG.com were unsuccessful at the time of this publication.

Hawn posted in his original message that a lawsuit is pending. There has been no indication if the suit has been dropped at this time.

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