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And Now He’s Fired: Dustin Hazelett

(Well, it looks like the UFC just lost its anorexic hipster fanbase.)

Reports surfaced today that lightweight Dustin Hazelett has been released by the UFC and has since been able to substantiate the story with sources close to the Cincinnati-based fighter.

Although he is a respectable .500 in the Octagon, a third straight loss by Hazelett in the form of a first round submission to Canadian grappling standout Mark Bocek at UFC 124 earlier this month pretty much signed the release papers of the Louisa, Kentucky native.

Known for his seemingly impossible submissions — many of which earned him Submission of the Night honors, Hazelett will look to rack up a hand full of victories in regional promotions to earn himself another shot with the UFC in 2011. Competition next year will likely be greater considering the amalgamation of the WEC’s lightweight division with the UFC’s, so it may take more than a few wins over a few unseasoned opponents for McLovin to make it back to the Octagon.

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Fedor Penn- December 22, 2010 at 9:50 am
That suck's, he may have lost but I enjoyed watching him fight. I guess they had to make room for boring fighters who try their best not to fight and get a decision.
El Famous Burrito- December 22, 2010 at 5:13 am
@Ruke Doufus

At first I scoffed at your theory, but now, I think you may be on to something.

We'll see how Guida does against Gomi.
MF Joel- December 22, 2010 at 5:00 am
Eh, this is why I like Sub Of The Night bonuses - Hazelett's not ever going to be in championship contention, but if he's been smart with his money he probably already owns a house. Exciting non-contenders getting reasonable money = fine with me.
Ruke Doufus- December 22, 2010 at 1:27 am
Yet again, further proof of my theory:

More hair = more worserer
Charming Charlie- December 22, 2010 at 1:24 am
Unless you're jumping off the fence with one foot, a surprising submission always beats a surprising knockout.
PERPATRAITOR- December 21, 2010 at 11:55 pm
He should just teach Bjj.

:/ ahhh actually he sucks at that too.
Es Dot- December 21, 2010 at 10:39 pm
He's young,at 24 that's alot of time to get things figured out.
Maine Blazer- December 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm
McLovin? If he stays at lightweight he might as well change it to McRib.
LOKI- December 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm
Thats what you get for bein subbed by a canadian ginger that got handled by Mac Danzig. I blame Gorgeous Jorge.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- December 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm
Started off impressive, but definitely didn't live up to expectations. Hopefully he can work his way back.
Almost North- December 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm
^you know thats a good point, he can always make money playing a terrorist in local pro wrestling shows, Dustin "talli-bum" Hazlett anybody?
DARKHORSE06- December 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm
Cant say this is a shocker. Ive seen Dustin at a NAGA or a Grapplers Quest and he seemed like a pretty cool guy. Best of luck to him. Maybe he can shave off that terrorist beard of his and get a fresh start.
Almost North- December 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Its not just the losses that makes this expected, its the way he lost. "Stomped" is pretty accurate.

How is Dustin Hazelett like a blonde?

They both get up off the floor saying "what happened?" a lot.
Lysol- December 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm
This punk's been dodging the legit competition his whole career, let's see how he fares now that he'll be fighting legit competition in Strikeforce [/hipster douche statements]
MoTropolis- December 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm
"That was totally unexpected." - Nobody
RwilsonR- December 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm
This kind of shit is sad to me, but when I think about it logically, I can't blame the UFC. I really like Hazelett, and he has had some amazing submissions. But he has also been stomped by some guys who are on the rise, and it is hard to think that unless he fills some holes in his game, that he would actually be a legitimate contender. And the UFC should be about developing guys to be legitimate contenders and future title holders. Bocek showed the difference between good grappling and great grappling, and since that is all Hazelett had, I can't blame the UFC for releasing him.