(Hazelett could easily drop five pounds by shaving off his Unabomber beard.)
According to sources close to the fight, "McLovin" will take on Canadian grappling standout Mark Bocek on the Montreal, Quebec card, which, although the event details have yet to be officially announced, will likely take place on December 11 at the Bell Centre.
0-2 in his last two outings against Paul Daley and Rick Story, respectively, Hazelett (12-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC), will be looking to remove his head off the chopping block with a win over Bocek. The 24-year-old Louisa, Kentucky native, who trains with Team Jorge Gurgel in Cincinnatti, Ohio, will be up against a fierce hometown crowd who will undoubtedly be in the corner ofthe Canadian.
Bocek (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) is coming off of a hotly debated decision loss to Jim Miller at UFC 111 and will be hungry to get back on track, after having his three-fight win streak derailed in March. The 28-year-old Woodbridge, Ontario native who joined American Top Team last year after stints with Team Quest and Jackson’s MMA is 5-1 fighting in Quebec, having only lost to Mac Danzig by a surprising rear-naked-choke at UFC 83 in April 2008.
UFC 124 will also feature a main event showdown between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck as well as a main card, 170-pound challengers bout between Thiago Alves and John Howard.