Right after the judges scorecards were read off, at this weekends Bellator 43, and Jay Hieron was awarded the 29-28 split decision over Rick Hawn, MMA online message boards lit up. Many felt Hawn, a resident of Dracut, left the cage in Newkirk, Okla. robbed.
Though the fight was razor thin the 34-year-old Hawn, who trains in Somerville at Sityodtong and at Renzo Gracie N.H. in Derry, N.H., says he went into the third and final round thinking he was behind on the scorecards.
“I thought I was down from what my corner was telling me. He was running away so I wasn’t really connecting with anything solid,” Hawn said. “My corner was telling me I needed a knockout or a finish, which is pretty much the way I felt. I knew I was down.”
As the the decision was announced in Bellator’s Season 4 170-pound tournament final Hawn (11-1) could be seen nodding his head and says he wasn’t surprised.
“No, I just felt like I didn’t do enough,” he said. “I haven’t watched it yet but when I go back and watch it again it’ll probably be different. It was frustrating to not be able to connect on him because he was back pedaling so much. I can’t be mad at anyone but myself. I didn’t finish the fight. If I did, none of these conversations would be going on.”
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