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Dustin Hazelett cut by UFC after latest loss

The proverbial adage “three strikes and you’re out” rang true this week for Dustin Hazelett, as it appears he has been released by the UFC after dropping a third consecutive fight in the Octagon. Hazelett was submitted by fellow BJJ blackbelt Mark Bocek a little less than two weeks ago at the promotion’s latest venture into Montreal.

News of the professional separation was reported by MMAWeekly.

The lanky lightweight won five of six bouts in the UFC after losing to Tony DeSouza in his organizational debut with the loss coming to highly-ranked welterweight Josh Koscheck. However, Hazelett fell in all three of his 2010 appearances, two by way of first-round finish, after returning from a year-long hiatus due to medical and personal reasons keeping him out of the ring in 2009.

Hazelett exits the UFC with a 12-7 overall record and nine submissions to his credit. He holds past wins over Josh Burkman and Jonathan Goulet.


  • Sucks, im a huge fan of McLovin….odd to see this kid is only 24…I think he’ll be back in a few years, and he’ll probably do very well in either SF or Bellator.

  • stone says:

    I would’ve kept him around for 1 reason only…. The Royce Gracie fight in Brazil!

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I still think Dustin will be much better at WW, if he can really dedicate some time to building muscle and really work his overally striking game he could be a very real threat to there top guys.

  • Makington says:

    I actually liked him a lot better at 155. 170 is his walking weight and if there’s any huge disadvantage he gives to his opponents, it’s the strength advantage. Cutting atleast a bit of weight is never a bad idea, especially if it helps even out things in the strength department where he has been sorely lacking.

    It’s a shame to see him go considering how fun he makes jiu-jitsu look. Not many fighters use their legs as well as he does but after 3 losses to less than extraordinary competition, it’s hard to argue keeping him with the tons of new fighters coming in. 3 losses in a row is more chances than most fighters get, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he can get his mental aspect back together and put some really good time into cleaning up his striking so we might see him again in the UFC.


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