Fans of Dustin Hazelett will be happy to hear the unassuming jiujitsu specialist will in fact return to the Octagon even after a pair of consecutive losses in the iconic eight-sided cage. However, according to his trainer, the next time “McLovin” steps into the ring he will be a completely different fighter – literally.
The Ohio-based Hazelett’s coach, fellow Mixed Martial Artist Jorge Gurgel, recently spoke about the move to Heavy, mentioning the UFC was having Hazelett back but that his next bout would be at 155-pounds.
“I figured he’d grow into a man’s body and that it would be extremely difficult for him to fight at 155, so he started fighting at 170lbs., but he walks around at 173lbs”, said Gurgel. “Now that we know that Dustin’s normal weight is 173 to 175lbs., we’re going to do everything we can to scientifically drop him off to 155lbs. so that he can maximize his performance at 155 and we’re going to go from there.”
The 24-year old was 5-4 as a welterweight in the UFC, including wins over Josh Burkman, Tamdan McCrory, and Jonathan Goulet. However, Hazelett had been TKO’d in three of his last five fights (most recently to Rick Story at UFC 117).