Hawn Didn’t Expect to Win Decision Over Good

By Sherdog.com Staff May 4, 2011
As he waited on the scorecards to be read after his bout against Lyman Good on April 2 at Bellator 39, Rick Hawn figured his undefeated record was about to get a blemish.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I did enough to steal the fight, to win the fight,” Hawn (Pictured) said recently during a “Savage Dog Show” interview on the Sherdog Radio Network. “Plus he was kind of a favorite, I would think. He was favored over me to win the fight. All those little factors and he had some pretty precise shots on me. I thought I took the worst of the beating.”

Hawn, however, won the competitive matchup via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).

“I figured that I didn’t do enough to win the fight, but I did rewatch it and after rewatching it, I could kind of see that I did better than I thought I did,” Hawn explained. “It was scary right at first. I thought I really lost it, but it was good news to hear that 30-27 as the last score.”

The 30-27 card was somewhat surprising, considering that Good appeared to deserve the first round at least. Hawn, who critiqued his own performance with refreshing honesty, conceded that point.

“Obviously the first round, I probably would have gave it to him,” Hawn said. “But there were some instances where I was pressuring more, had him against the cage, so I guess it all depends on what the judges were looking for. It’s hard to say. I was just lucky, I think, to get the call in my favor.”

The victory advances Hawn to the finals of this season’s welterweight tournament. Regardless of how close the decision was, it was also a quality win for Hawn over a former Bellator welterweight champion.

“It was a close fight. It was a tough fight,” Hawn said. “Lyman is obviously a game competitor. He’s got the experience of being the champion before. Definitely my toughest opponent to date. I didn’t perform or fight as well as I wanted to. I let it be closer than I wanted it to be, but I was able to pull out the win with some key takedowns. That, I’m happy with. That part of the game plan worked.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 46:28).

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