John Hawk calls for UFC shot after dominant title win

John Hawk vs. Curt Lemmon

John Hawk vs. Curt Lemmon

It wasn’t as easy as most predicted, but John Hawk (11-5) is once again the NAAFS heavyweight champion.

The Strong Style MMA fighter picked up his third consecutive win in the process, earning a unanimous decision over a very game Curt Lemmon (4-1) in the main event at NAAFS: Caged Vengeance 16 at the Canton Civic Center on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old controlled nearly all of the fight, using dominant pressure and timely takedowns to keep Lemmon on the defensive for much of the 25-minute contest.

This is actually Hawk’s second run with the NAAFS heavyweight title, as he first earned it with a victory over Joe McCall in 2010 before deciding to vacate it to drop down to light heavyweight. He had a successful run at 205 pounds, fighting for the NAAFS title there twice and even posting a 2-1 record inside the Bellator MMA cage.

After his win, the always outspoken and popular fighter called for a shot in the UFC.

“Hey [UFC president] Dana White, I proved myself once again,” Hawk said after his win. “I’ve got one of the best heavyweight training partners in the world Stipe Miocic. Give me a shot, let me live my dream Dana.”

There is precedent, of course, for fighters winning the NAAFS heavyweight title and immediately getting a crack at the UFC, as Hawk’s teammate Miocic made the jump in 2011 and has been one of the sport’s elite heavyweights ever since.

Hawk is now 3-0 in his return to heavyweight as a bit of a rejuvenation of his career, with the three fighters his wins came over possessing a 29-10 combined record (including the three losses to Hawk).

Hawk is a bad matchup for  a lot of fighters, as his granite chin and smothering pressure can put a lot of heavyweights in positions where they don’t want to be.

He also has the luxury of training with one of the best heavyweights in the world on a daily basis, which could get him a shot at the world’s biggest organization.