Rick Hawn Says He's Not Going To Be An Arrogant Fighter
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.17.2013
He doesn't want to be "that guy"...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Rick Hawn (15-2 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) says he's not going to be "that guy" in MMA: an arrogant fighter who always talks a big game. He will fight Herman Terrado (11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Bellator 100 on Friday, part of the opening round of the season 9 welterweight tournament. The evnet takes place at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The main card, including Hawn vs Terrado, airs on Spike TV after preliminary fights on Spike.com.
On not being "that guy": "Some people make a lot of money by being 'that guy.' I thought about being that guy – especially the way social media and the MMA media is nowadays – because maybe I could get more sponsors, attention and money. But it's just not me. I am who I am. I don't really care if people don't like it or think it's boring. At least I'm true to myself, and I won't be faking an image or persona just to get more Twitter followers or whatever. I just try to be real, I guess."
On his own approach to MMA: "I've never been 'that guy'. I'm more of a realist. Because how many times have we seen people talk a big game, but then they just end up looking like an a--hole? It's MMA. Anything can happen. You can't go out there and talk like Muhammed Ali. Some guys can. … They back it up. But even they usually fall eventually. Maybe it's from the core value of martial arts I learned in judo, but I don't need to be arrogant or overconfident. I don't find that an attractive quality or trait that I want to use."
On fighting Herman Terrado: "I don't know much about Herman Terrado. I've seen him a couple times against opponents that were really horrible, so it was over in like 30 seconds or something. He's kind of similar to Derek Campos, who I was training for: similar in body structure, a big, bulky muscle-guy with a lot of power and a lot of haymakers. Given the fact that he's 11-2, I think he's relatively inexperienced and hasn't fought a lot of tough guys at the top. Hopefully I can use that to my advantage and be smart when I fight him."