Olympic Judoka Rick Hawn doesn't like Karo, looks for a big 2010

by Mark Daniels | source: bostonherald.com

When three-time U.S. judo champion Rick Hawn decided to take up mixed martial arts, it would be natural to make the comparisons to another judoka who has had success in the cage - Karo Parisyan.

Though the comparison would be fitting, Hawn not-so-respectfully disagrees.

“I wouldn’t want to compare myself to him, kind of just because I can’t stand the guy,” said Hawn. “I’ll be better than he was. He had a base with judo but he wasn’t as good. My judo is a little more advanced.”

Hawn beat Parisyan in Judo twice at the U.S Open eight years ago. Hawn also has a longer list of accomplishments,including a berth to the Olympics, compared to Parisyan - one of the first judokas to make a successful transition to MMA.

Having the same type of success in the cage though as the UFC veteran is something Hawn is striving for.

The 33-year-old made a successful MMA debut in 2009 by winning his first five professional fights. The Dracut resident currently has his plate full. Not only is he training full-time with Mark DellaGrotte in the Somerville-based gym Sityodtong, but is also working fulltime in loss prevention with a retailer.

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johntucker100 site profile image  

2/27/10 12:28 PM by johntucker100

karo should not even be talked about as a judoka...rick hawn has 1000 times better judo.

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2/27/10 11:49 AM by Joe Cav

  World Championship Fighting 9 Rich Hawn def. Tom Gallicchio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) John Benoit def. Noah Weisman via unanimous decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18) Stephen Stengel def. Mike Zichelle via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:09 Jamie Campbell def. Andrew Nelson via TKO – Round 1, 1:21 Dan Bonnell def. Cesario de Souza via KO – Round 1, :32 Matt Martin def. Peter Cole via submission – Round 1, 1:40 Carlos Lovato def. Jerry Spiegel via TKO – Round 1, 3:15 Robby Roberts def. Buster Crandell (arm-bar) – Round 1, 2:08 Joel Ly def. Steve Beck via submission (triangle) – Round 1, 3:19 Nelson Gaipo def. Matt Johnson via submission (triangle) – Round 1, :35

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2/27/10 11:37 AM by SKARHEAD

I agree. I have been training in judo for a little while and it is VERY rough on the body. Far more so than BJJ and even boxing IMO. I call it crash test dummy class....However I thought Nastula looked VERY good in Pride for being a complete novice in MMA and hanging in there w/ prime Noguiera and Barnett the way he did. He didn't look young either.

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2/27/10 11:29 AM by jkartigue

The Judo circuit is a very competitive circuit and some rivalries will pop up especially amongst Judo clubs. These guys battle each other on a constant basis and the best 5 guys always meet up in the finals. Winning and losing to each other so often will build some hatred.One of the reasons why high level Judoka seem to be lackluster in MMA is that they are usually physically destroyed by the time they step in the arena. High level Judo is not kind to the body. While you will see Nastula look mediocre in Pride go back and research how many Judo matches he did in a 5 year span and the number of tournaments he was doing in that time period. I have said this many times on these and other forums. Karo is really an anomaly in the Judo community his club was doing many grappling competitions not associated with Judo. Gokor and Lebell ran a very non traditional Judo club and Karo was fighting MMA at a very young age.Just like straight sport BJJ guys, kick boxers or boxer have a rough transition to MMA so do competitive Judo guys. Even the P4P best grappler in the world, Marcelo Garcia had a tough time.

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2/27/10 8:29 AM by uratoker2


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2/27/10 1:08 AM by crushingu

i talekd to hawn at judo camp two years ago. he said he did like karo and that he thought karo looked like a you jimmy smits with down syndrome. wonder what story is behind that.

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2/27/10 12:53 AM by thforklift


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2/27/10 12:53 AM by cape

 Rick won, UD 30-27

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2/27/10 12:17 AM by cape

 Still waiting to hear back about the results from tonight.  Hawn's a beast and uses his Judo extremely well without the gi and in MMA.  And training at SYT, his striking is constantly improving.  Can't wait to see him on the bigger stage in Shine!

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2/26/10 11:43 PM by Kung Fu Joe

Anybody at these fights or know the results?